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The Community Archive dates is:
Saturday 20th May 10.00am-3.00pm
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Capturing and celebrating our industrial heritage
At the end of 2015, Wansbrough Paper Mill, situated in our small coastal town of Watchet in rural West Somerset, closed its doors, ending 250 years of papermaking in the town, with the loss of 200 jobs. We have since embarked on a heritage project that looks to preserve, disseminate and celebrate the story of the Mill, which has defined the identity of the town, doing so while memories are fresh and connections remain strong. We will explore the industrial history of the Mill and papermaking, the personal memories of workers; the social impact of its closure and the process of decommissioning.
There are five core aspects: an archival exercise and accompanying exhibition; an oral histories project; contemporary cultural explorations in film, music and sculpture; publication of a heritage 'keepsake' booklet; and development of a digital interactive online tour of the Mill using a QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) platform.
We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of elements as part of the project. Training will be available as needed provided by SW Heritage, Somerset Industrial Archeology Society and Contains Art.
As much as it is a heritage project this is a community project, celebrating the important role Wansbrough has played in the lives and fortunes of our little town.
So this is where you can come in...
We are so lucky to be supported by some wonderful organizations and professionals including Stephen Bond, SWHT, SIAS, Building preservation trust, Conservation Society and MHM but we also need local volunteers to help and get involved in this project with us.
There are a variety of ways you can help which fit in with the strands of work. Gathering all the paper work from Wansbrough Mill takes a lot of time and labour and we will certainly need some help in sorting and cataloguing all of this.
Community archiving is also important and we'll need volunteers to help us collate and sort, record and catalogue the papers and photos we gather. We'll also need volunteers to help with events and with invigilation of the exhibition.
So, if you are interested in volunteering on this project please do let us know. See the details, dates and download a volunteer registration form.
Please do also help us to spread the word to others you know who might be interested in volunteering.
We need help from everyone in Watchet and beyond in gathering as much information as we possibly can to form part of the archive. The Wansbrough Project archive will be deposited in the Somerset Archive for use for future generations to research and find out about the mill so the more information we can deposit the better. We'll be archiving lots of information from the mill itself but we know that there is so much more out there. So, if you have documents or photos from the mill we'd love to see them. Perhaps your parents or grandparents worked there.
Help spread the word to people who might no longer live in Watchet. The community archive events will be open for anyone to bring along anything they have relating to the mill. We'll scan or copy documents and record as much information as we can about where they come from and what they show.
This is a really important and exciting project for everyone involved and for your community, it gives us all the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate this prestigious heritage and we welcome you all to be a part of it.
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