NEW WEBSITE WILL BE LAUNCHED SPRING 2023
As part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund bid in one of our villages, the AHG were approached and asked whether we could digitise the various paper records held within our local Church for safekeeping. As the main thrust of the funding request was to repair the Church roof, the village was keen to get the papers transferred to electronic media as swiftly as possible. The AHG recognised that simply scanning and logging the papers would not help people find the information and we researched the growing number of community-based archives up and down the country, to ensure that anything we did would enable everyone to gain access to the records – whether local or abroad. A key aspiration was to build a platform not just for one village, but for the area covered by the AHG and so Aveland Archive was born. Working with a professional company, Community Sites, we have the shell of the archive and are now looking for volunteers to help digitise the content that we are starting to accumulate. Aveland Archive works on a not for profit, non-commercial basis to share the information that is deposited with us, giving full attribution on the source of this data.
THERE ARE A VARIETY OF THREADS TO THE NEW SITE AND WAYS YOU CAN HELP US.
For anyone interested in helping with the digitisation programme, or if you have any topics or features you would like to include, please contact Ali Ray or Alison Carr by email to: email@example.com
Collecting Reminiscences and Memories for Aveland Archive
It is our aim to commence the project to capture these oral histories in Spring 2023, so if you have an interest in joining us to conduct the interviews, or want to share your memories, please register in the first instance with an email to Alison Carr on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rex Needle Bourne Archive
We are particularly thrilled that the estate of Rex Needle, a key figure in Bourne local history, has agreed that we can incorporate the extensive research Rex carried out in his lifetime into the online archive.
The Benjamin Smith Collection.
As a wonderful launch feature, a local resident has taken the time to provide us with aerial shots of each of the Wapentake Villages and Bourne, to record for posterity our built environment at the end of 2022. What this seeks to reinforce is that, for the Aveland History Group, history is not just something that happened years ago, but can be made and recorded now.