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Big interest in village archives
TREASURES from Mickleton’s past were shared by villagers in two recent community archive events.
Residents met at the Three Ways House Hotel and brought along items including a Sunday School register, a hand-made quilt made from discarded family clothes, war memorabilia and a Coronation watch.
The day was part of the Mickleton Community Archive project, which will create a legacy for future residents of the village by using photos and audio which will end up as an online archive.
Mickleton received a £40,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create the archive which will take shape through a series of monthly events with the local community over a twoyear period.
Barry Metcalfe, community archive co-ordinator, said the project had been going well since it launched last summer.
“The catalogue is beginning to take shape,” he said. “I reckon we will have about 2,000 items by the time we’ve finished it.
“The response we’ve had from the community is perhaps better than we anticipated. We thought about 30 people would attend each event. Last week we had about 40.”
More than 350 of the 1,000 slides from the Women’s Institute collection have been entered on to the catalogue and visitors enjoyed a preview of how the site will be used when it goes live. The next event is being held on Saturday, March 23, in the village hall.
Residents can bring along items they want to scan into the catalogue between 2.30pm and 4.30pm by making an appointment or turning up on the day.