Wiltshire Local Studies for National Libraries Week
I jumped at the fantastic opportunity to showcase local history during Libraries Week at the beginning of October this year!
The week was centred around local history displays at many of the county’s public libraries with larger libraries making the most of the reproduction Goad Town Plans provided by the History Centre alongside copies of photographs from our Historic Photograph and Print Collection which really brought back memories and brought the maps to life.
A small selection of local history material was also made available to purchase at some libraries which drew interest and sales.
There was a positive response to our call for comments and memories from local people which proved popular in many libraries – some of which are still ongoing!
The maps caused a lot of chatter amongst library customers, many enjoying recalling old shops and haunts. Caroline, LS Champion for Westbury noted; “Many people have been fascinated to see old photos of the streets in which they live. The display is bringing back memories for our older customers.”
Local studies has an amazing power to excite, energise and share; for individuals in communities to discover commonalities and make connections which enrich and aid their health and wellbeing.
It’s been a pleasure to for me and my colleagues at the History Centre to work with Wiltshire Libraries staff as one team to deliver local history to the heart of communities – one of the many, many reasons why our libraries are so special!
A big thank you to the Local Studies Champions who created some fantastic displays. It was great to see that everyone had put their own individual mark on their work; a unique display for each community. Also for their enthusiasm and support - we couldn’t reach so far without you!
Your Local Studies Champions are:
Amesbury Library - Diane Ratcliffe
Bradford Library – Belinda Webley
Calne Library - Jackie Notman
Chippenham Library – Sue Tuersley
Corsham Library – Wendy Barker
Devizes Library - Hilary Hampton
Malmesbury Library –Chris White
Marlborough Library – Carol Moylan
Royal Wootton Bassett Library – Sue Widnall
Salisbury Library – Rosie Epton-Peter
Trowbridge Library – Jenny DeLang
Warminster Library – Ann Knight
Westbury Library – Caroline Brock
Wilton Library – Shirlie Williams
County Local Studies Librarian