So what does a Collections Manager for Heritage & Culture Warwickshire actually do? Sam Collenette gives us a peek into her diary.
Our group of 6 to 12 year olds from Warwick schools will become Time Travellers, spending a week exploring everything from fossils to robbers.
It’s been encouraging to see people have been prepared to trudge across (the publicly accessible!) fields, search out the positions of these historic sites listed on our website, and have been happy to snap pictures of them for us.
Upon discovering that the venue wouldn’t have internet or computers, I had to adjust my plan to be a bit more ‘old school’. So, this leads us to the question, what exactly is a pinning party?
Is it wrong to admit to a sense of utter satisfaction at removing an age of dust (and other unthinkable detritus), to expose a cleaner, though often well nibbled, sheet of paper?
This isn’t the end of the road, not by a long chalk. Having opened, we now have the task of building on the work we’ve done up until now, and creating and maintaining the service you all deserve.
As you may have noticed, the museum is now open, and it’s bedding in now, nicely! It seemed appropriate, then, to reflect on the opening itself.
The bear has now been moved to his new place at the entrance to the museum, so that he can welcome all our visitors.
With a little over a month to go before we reopen our doors to the public we thought you would like to have a little sneak preview of our galleries.
Christmas approaches and I’m sure that you, dear readers, are knee-deep in your preparations. Our Warwickshire would like to thank you for your kind readership, contributions, and comments. In tandem with this website, of course, Market Hall Museum inches ever closer to its opening date in February.
To while away the hours, a few of those incarcerated decided to get artistic and leave their mark. To this day we have some of the interesting graffiti they left behind, scratched into the stone walls.
So we’ve got a new website… Hope you like it!
Community is what it’s all about, both online and offline...
Our lovely Market Hall, which is currently undergoing a makeover, now has a big hole in the floor. This is because we are going to be installing a lift, which will increase access to our first floor galleries.
Whilst looking through the collection and deciding what we want to show you in our new galleries, occasionally we will find something that fits a theme or illustrates a subject, but needs a little TLC before we bring it out.
The last year has seen us trail around the county, taking in 27 different venues where we’ve been capturing your stories, speaking to the public, and getting all kinds of interesting curios passed to us. It all began on January 19th, when an intrepid duo visited Polesworth Tithe Barn to speak to the North Warwickshire History Forum.
Upon returning to Warwickshire after attending a conference, I decided to have a look and see how much of a challenge it is to access LGBTQ+ history here. I tried to find any records on LGBTQ+ history, simply by searching for modern day terms on the record office website, the online catalogue and the Our Warwickshire site.
The Market Hall is one of many older buildings in the centre of Warwick to have been constructed from locally sourced sandstone. This rock can be distinguished by its pale, buff colour, and its tendency to weather quite badly, especially on the corners of buildings where it can take on a crumbly and rather dusty appearance.
Scaffolding was erected around the building to give access to the workmen who are renovating the exterior, but it was noted that the resident House Martins (Delichon urbica), who have made the eaves of the building their home for many years were still currently nesting, and their young had not yet fledged.
John Bland is a member of the Our Warwickshire Steering Group and Chairman of the Warwickshire Local History Society.
I bet you're wondering how we're getting along in the Market Hall with the refit, what with all the blinds being closed? It's a bit of a mystery isn't it? Well, make no mistake, it's pretty drastic, you won't recognise the place.
Don't ignore the letters pages of newspapers, for much can be gleaned about people who otherwise struggle for a voice when 'official' histories are written. And don't ignore newspapers as a whole, or what's seemingly chip wrapping paper.
Two artists were recently appointed as part of the Our Warwickshire project and their remit was to host creative workshops with local community groups, exploring, showcasing and promoting Warwickshire's heritage.
In 1967, the Women’s Institute conducted a photographic survey of Warwickshire villages and, from my point of view, this has proved a godsend. I come from Stretton on Dunsmore, a small village near Rugby, and my parents have lived there since 1967... coincidentally the year of the photographic survey!