What a wonderful two days we have spent, sharing some of our material with the community. As with many things we do, we were working with other village groups and combined our exhibition with the village plant sale and safari lunch, to the benefit of all events. Saturday morning was particularly busy, we scanned an C18th lease and people offered themselves for oral history interviews. We copied photographs, including one of the local school in the early sixties, showing a number of current village residents. We located someone’s great grandfather and found someone else’s home on a C13th charter. Many people stopped by to look at photographs, documents and the artefacts that were found at last year’s metal detectorists’ rally. We were very grateful for the loan of these for the occasion.
On Sunday, after a steady stream of visitors, we were suddenly swamped as diners finished the last course of their safari lunch. We had a number of young people showing an interest in what we had to offer. Two teenagers found their ancestor in the school admissions’ register, another young lady saw her house on an old map. We discovered that two attendees were second cousins once removed. All in all a great weekend and one that we shall hopefully repeat, perhaps with a themed display next time.