Bletchley Community Heritage project began in March 2000 and is inspired by the lives of local people and the events that have shaped Bletchley’s past. It is a Living Archive project where, involving people of all ages and backgrounds, memories are collected and then brought to life through books, exhibitions, websites, CD ROMs and textiles. These have become the focus for community celebration and pride.
Bletchley Community Heritage is based in Bletchley Library. Heritage Officer, Herb Booth and his team of volunteers meet every Tuesday and Thursday between 10-12pm. The library sessions allows the community to view displays and archives and to reminisce to their hearts’ content. It has permanent boards displaying images of the area. Over 10,000 have been collected or donated by the public since the project started and there is also access to a photo and local newspaper archive.
A digital archive
Another important feature of the project is the building of a digital archive of local historical material, the production of exhibitions, web pages, CD ROMs and teaching materials. Through regular meetings volunteers scan and catalogue material and visitors can both explore the archive and add their own photos and memories.
This project is currently funded by Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council.
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