I have been based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the past eight months for my National Archives Transforming Archives Traineeship. My traineeship has been focused on developing a community archive for the historic village of Lacock as part of a much wider Heritage Lottery Funded project called Lacock Unlocked. I have been collecting fascinating photographs, recording incredible memories of local residents and discovering the hidden treasures within the village.
What are community archives?
Community archives are becoming an ever more prominent feature of the archive field. They are a collection of materials that tell the story of a local community, organisation or group. These can include documents, images, diaries, etc. which form a vital part of the communityâ€™s memories. They also provide an alternative method to the traditional archive system and provide a format for local memories to be recorded by the communities themselves – essentially a living archive! I have been collecting items like this for Lacock and the surrounding area by holding various events and the response from the community has been outstanding. Below are a few examples of what we have been able to discover. Continue reading »