Archive project will be never ending

More than 50 people turned out for a Sunday afternoon tea dance as part of the Archive Project.

More than 50 people turned out for a Sunday afternoon tea dance as part of the Archive Project.

First published in News

FEET glided effortlessly around Mickleton's Village Hall to tunes from the past in one of the latest Community Archive events.

More than 50 people turned out for a Sunday afternoon tea dance, organised by John Conduit, and enjoyed homemade cakes before taking to the floor for ballroom, Latin American and modern sequence dances.

The event was held as part of the Community Archive project, launched nearly two years ago to create a legacy for future residents by using photos and audio to create an online archive.

Mickleton received a £40,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create the archive which has been taking shape through a series of monthly events with the local community.

With the website now live, people can search nearly 2,000 items in the catalogue which has taken many hours to compile by a band of dedicated volunteers.

And in an exciting new development, a new app is being created which takes visitors on a walk around 12 key points in the village.

"It's taking the website one stage further," said volunteer Barry Metcalfe. "People can look at the village and see what we've been writing about."

Mr Metcalfe said that despite funding coming to an end in the Autumn, the archive project would carry on for future generations especially as the website allows people to add their own memories.

"It's never going to end," he said. "It's history tomorrow. This is what we're trying to encourage people to do. People can always add things. There will be a facility where they can register and do everything themselves. It's excellent."

As part of the Archive Project, a new map with illustrations and information about the buildings and places of interest in the village is now in the design stages and is hoped to be completed by September.

New material is always welcome in the archive. Anyone with photographs or an article, can contact the team through the website or by calling Barry Metcalfe on 01386 438 065.

And new volunteers who would like to be involved in any aspect of the project are also welcome.

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