Looking back … looking forward

At its recent AGM the Beachamwell Local History Group looked back on a successful 2018, and forward to activities and events in 2019.

In the past year ‘The Churches of Beachamwell’ event was a large scale effort and rewarded with praise and appreciation from visitors. The group organised three public talks – Mary Ann Prior’s talk about Constance Villiers Stuart, Georgette Vale on “Miss Reeve’s battle” ( which unfortunately was cancelled because of illness) and Jill Mason on Mary Caney, the subject of her 2017 novel about a local agricultural labourer born in 1790.

The meeting discussed a wide range of ideas for future projects, including:

  • Photographs of today’s villagers outside their homes (comparing with historical photographs).
  • A display about “village characters”.
  • To research the history of the village school, and to organise a talk on the topic of education in local rural schools.

    Beachamwell School 1916
    Beachamwell School 1916
  •  To explore and record the contents of archive material recently made available from the ‘Parish Chest’.
  • A longer term plan for an exhibition in the summer of 2020 on Farming in Beachamwell, Past and Present

The group agreed that a visit to the Norfolk Record Office would be useful to research documents for the school and farming projects.

New members are always welcome to join us. No expertise of specialist knowledge required, just an interest in the history of Beachamwell and finding out more about the village and its past. Follow the Contact link above to get in touch.


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