Regular readers of our blog will know that last year we applied for Heritage Lottery Funding to acquire and make accessible the wonderful archives of the Lacock Abbey estate, dating back at least 800 years. After a nail-biting few months we were both relieved and delighted to hear at the end of last year that our application was successful. The HLF have kindly agreed to donate £490,000 to acquire the archives and promote their use by the public.
Now the real work begins and we need your help to make this project a success – there are lots of ways in which people can get involved.
We need volunteers to help:
• Catalogue and index original records
• Conserve and repackage records
• Photograph documents to facilitate indexing from home
• Test a mobile phone ‘App’ being produced by Wiltshire College students
• Write about Lacock’s history for the new Lacock community archive website
• Moderate and administer the new website
• Record oral history – whether interviewing local people, or being interviewed, about memories of life in Lacock; plus editing and transcribing the resulting interviews
• Run outreach activities such as family learning workshops and creating an exhibition
No previous experience is necessary, and full training will be given. Please note the project is taking place over three years so not all the activities will be happening at the same time, and you are welcome to take part in as few or as many as you like.
We also need people to take part in the workshops and use and enjoy the ‘App’ and website when available. Everyone is also welcome to attend the regular community archive forum meetings which help steer the overall project.
We will be holding an open evening on Wednesday 24 April between 6 and 8.30 pm where you can come and view the archives and find out more about the volunteering opportunities available.
Thank you very much in anticipation – Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist.