Archive : Connections

Archive : Connections’s Archive Exhibition
on Saturday afternoon
was all about connections,
whether it was family or friends, dates or places,
the nearly 200 people who visited Geddington‘s
Village Hall found connections
and were fascinated by the huge array
of material and effects that were on display.

The layout of the exhibition of village history gave everybody an opportunity to see the village timeline from the Domesday Book in 1086 to 2012. It made interesting comparisons.

There were 10 different categories to look at:

  • The Eleanor Cross
  • The Church, Chapel and religion in the village
  • The ford, bridge, the River Ise and floods
  • Streets
  • Families
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • Customs, clubs, sports, charities and events
  • School

As it is the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, we had acknowledged in particular the part played by Geddington families in the conflict and chose as many families as we could find who lost loved ones during the war or those who died from wounds after the Armistice. Some records are still incomplete and for a few we have been unable to provide any information. We asked for our visitors help in doing this. 170 men of the village fought in the Great War and to those who came home we also paid tribute.

Many visitors brought material with them and we were able to scan and log this onto the new ‘Archive Project’ section on the village’s website, which will be published in the next week or so. All of those who brought material were entered into a prize draw and the winner is Mr S Sharpe of Kettering – congratulations and thanks for your early 1900s family photographs.

The team do not claim to be historians or professional archivists: we found gaps in the material, which we hope to fill in the coming weeks and months, as this Archive Project is very much an ongoing, living Project, limited only by people’s help and knowledge, which if this exhibition was anything to go by, is infinite!

Finally, the website team would like to acknowledge all the contributions and help from the large number of village residents, businesses and experts who helped us to get this exhibition off the ground. We would also like to thank those who helped on the day, for without their help, the exhibition would have been impossible to stage: Jack Harker of Octagon Creative, Peter Moate of KenSigns, Neil Price, Melvyn Hopkins, Paul Hopkins, Alan and Jenna Jones, Thom and Emma Poole, Kristi Nichols, Gordon and Jackie Binley, Cllr Jim Harker and last, but certainly not least, the Village Hall Management committee.

Many, many thanks to you all, both visitors and ‘staff’.
Janet & Pam


3 comments on “Archive : Connections

  • David Valentine says:

    Thank you all for a very interesting exhibition. Not only an exhibition but also a mini reunion for me of family older village neighbours & school friends of some 50 years ago. It also dawned on me that I and my old school friends are fast approaching the “older generation” of Geddingtonites born just before WW2 & now in our 70s. Once more many thanks.David Valentine

  • Lisa Reynolds says:

    Aw I would have loved to have brought my mum to this exhibition had I have known. My mum’s parents ran the old club and lived there during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Anybody know if there were any photographs or information of that era? My mum was also may queen and attendant on the Queen Eleanor Cross during this time. My grandparents names: Harry and Pamela Giles, my mum and auntie were Nina and Caroline Giles.

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