Archive is ten
Stanhoe Archive, our local history group, is ten years old.
It all began in 2008 when a small group of Stanhoe residents applied for a National Lottery grant to buy a professional sound recorder and a digital projector and screen for the Reading Room. With special thanks to Mary-Anne Hallinan for her work on the grant application, we received some money and the project kicked off.
Since then we have held well-attended talks, notably by the late Gillian Beckett, who was a true expert on the history of the village and the local area. We’ve operated a treasure hunt and published a guided walking tour of the village targeted at holidaymakers. And on this website we have assembled an impressive collection of oral history recordings, old photos and historical notes.
2008 also saw the launch of stanhoe.org, which owes much of its success to support from Stanhoe Archive. The website has allowed many thousands of people over the years to learn about Stanhoe, its people and its history – and continues to record events that one day will be history in their turn.
This is a good moment to remember with affection three former Archive members who have died: Ken Foskett, Gillian Beckett and Mary Lancefield.
We also thank everyone who has told Rosemary their memories of Stanhoe and allowed the recordings to be published. And we remember the interviewees who are no longer with us: Margaret Ayres, Eddie Barber, Eva Blackburn, Doreen Cox, Noel Linge, Ronnie Newell and Olga Ransom.
For the next ten years we need new people and new ideas. If you are interested in local history and would like to help, just contact (tel 01485 518033). Expertise is always welcome but above all we need enthusiasm!