The Lacock Unlocked Project
The Lacock Unlocked project was created to save the nationally important Lacock Archives and received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to do so. Lacock Unlocked does not stop with just saving the archives but also by making them accessible to the public and creating activities and events surrounding the archives. The Lacock Unlocked section of this website will look at greater detail about what the archives contain and how they are being made accessible to the public.
The People, Places, Favourite Documents and Maps Through Time Pages all look closer at the Lacock Archives held at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Articles are written by volunteers and staff members regarding the prominent characters of Lacock and the Abbey by researching and using the various records in the Lacock Archives. Various favourite documents will be chosen by members of staff and volunteers and displayed on the website to showcase what the archives hold.
The Lacock App and Wiltshire College
Developing the App was a great opportunity to work with Creative Wiltshire and Wiltshire College. Students from Wiltshire College, who were provided with a brief from the History Centre, began researching Lacock by visiting the village and exploring the archives. The student’s input led to modifications to the original concept of the app and they were directly involved with developing, creating content and testing the app.
The app has been developed for iPhone and Android as a location aware app. The content is linked to physical aspects of the village and Abbey and QR codes are planned to be used in conjunction with this. The App offers the opportunity to discover some of the lesser known stories of the village and offers a truly immersive experience. Producing the app allowed students from Wiltshire College to gain first-hand experience of developing an interactive media project. It also encouraged a younger audience to contribute to the project and become involved with the archive world.
Wiltshire People First and Photography
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre together with The National Trust and Wiltshire People First (a group for adults with learning disabilities) produced a new photography project related to the Lacock Unlocked Project. Members of Wiltshire People First were shown how to use DSLR cameras by a professional photographer, Jamie McDine, in the photographic village of Lacock. The project was held over three workshops which covered various topics from portrait photography to the techniques Henry Fox Talbot used to produce his photographs.
Emma, a member of Wiltshire People First said:
“It was interesting and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed looking at the old village and the abbey. It’s all really interesting. I had not used a camera before but I’ve really enjoyed it. My family will expect me to take photos of them!”
Lacock Positive Photography Club and Digitising the Harold White Collection.
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre has recently been working with the Lacock Positive Photography Club to digitise the Harold White photograph collection held here as part of the Lacock Archives. Harold White was commissioned by the British Council during World War Two to produce a set of propaganda photographs depicting idyllic English village life. This included photographs of scenes at the pub, on the farm, the blacksmith and wheelwright, amid many others. Many of these photographs depicted local residents who still have relatives living in the village or nearby areas. These photographs were used in a pamphlet called ‘English Villagers’. They provide the perfect snapshot for life in Lacock during the latter war years.
A photograph by Harold White. Left-Right: Sheila Sprules, Bill Minty (Squeker) and Archie Doel (Ticker Doel)