I’ve just set up a small exhibition at Ecclesfield Library, High Street, Ecclesfield as part of the Archiving Project. It will run through August and is available to view during Library opening hours. The exhibition is based on some of the topics: shops, pubs, chapels, the library and industry which have been discussed at the monthly reminiscence sessions that have been held in the Library since last August. It also features photographs donated by the members of the group and material from the Parish Council. A lot more material has been collected and is being collated as part of the project – some of which will be appearing on the Project website over the next few months. The monthly sessions are continuing with the next on Wednesday 24th August at 3pm – the topic will be summer holidays, day trips etc. All are welcome.
I took a display along to the event on Saturday 30th July which was thoroughly enjoyable and well attended. There was a couple of renditions of On Ilkley Moor Ba’Tat and demonstrations from the groups who use the hall including Line-dancing and Zumba. There was also chance to have a go at ‘sword dancing’ which I didn’t attempt but mostly because I was talking to a steady stream of people about local history of the area. Several more anecdotes and memories to add to the collection. Our project steering group chairman, Cllr Andy Bainbridge, helped out on the day talking to people and explaining about the project. Our display was between the 6 Jolly Miners and Heritage High Green stalls so ideally placed. The latter had a display of Yorkshire food as well as local history. It was all ably organised by Darren Ward our community health worker and decorated with Yorkshire flags the previous day,