Community Archives and Heritage Group

Welcome to the Community Archives and Heritage Group newsletter
supporting and promoting community archives in the UK.


Free to a Good Home

With increasing demands on finances and space many organisations have to take the difficult decision to dispose of items in their collections. One such collection is a group of brass rubbings on paper from sites across the country which no longer fit into the organisations current collecting remit. These are being offered free to anyone who is interested.

There is a small group (27) which have Bristol connections - either from local churches and/or representations of local 'personalities' and about 260 which are from churches all over the country from brasses dating from the 14th to 19th centuries. 

The vast majority are rolled, some in quite delicate condition, but most are fairly robust. They range in size widely from a few inches to several metres in length.

The material came mainly from:
- GW Braikenridge (local antiquarian) - donated 1908
- Mr C Onslow Master - on loan since his death 1930
- Ellacombe Collection - donated 1910
- Downside College - 1908

For these there is usually  a name for the individuals present in the rubbing, the area/town/church in which the brass was located and the date of the brass. There are about 40 for which only brief information is available.

For more information contact 

Elaine Davis

Date for your Diary 

The Community Archive & Heritage Group are planning there next regional event 
This will take place on the 16 April, 2013 and will be considering Funding Issues 

The event will be held at the Essex Records Office, Chelmsford. 

Further details and booking information for this event will be available soon 

Developing international links. 

The Community Archive & Heritage Group have recently developed links with an international archive. 

The California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), a public state university in the United States of America, has been developing a unique record of women in non-traditional occupations, such as construction trades, transportation and the fishing industry. The Tradeswomen Archives project aims to create a living document of the history created every day, by inviting tradeswomen to contribute to an online archive. This online archive consists of many different items including written stories and oral histories and documents such as certificates of achievement and images of women working.

Further information can be found on the website 

Community Archive & Heritage Award - 2012

Nominations are now closed for the 2012 Community Archive & Heritage Award 2012. 

Once again we have been overwhelmed by the interest and standard of nominations and the judging panel face a difficult few months of deliberation.

Winners will be announced at the Annual Conference in June and will be featured in subsequent newsletters

Featured Archive 

Project Pigeon

Project Pigeon is an art and education project based in central Birmingham. In celebration of Birmingham’s rich pigeon fancying heritage they have been developing an archive which records the history and culture of pigeon fancying in the area.  Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund volunteers have been making oral history recordings, conducting video interviews with pigeon fanciers as well as collecting memorabilia. 

Pigeon fancying is a fascinating part of the West Midlands’ social history and still today Birmingham has more pigeon fanciers than any other UK city. The archive not only gives insight into pigeons but into many areas of Birmingham life such as the development of council housing and the rules and regulations about keeping pigeons and the evolution of working mens clubs- where many pigeon clubs still meet.

The completed archive will be housed at Birmingham Library Archive for future generations to access.


Recent additions to the pages of the Community Archive Website 

The Regency Town House Heritage Centre

The Regency Town House is a grade I Listed terraced home of the mid-1820s being developed as a heritage centre and museum to focus on the architecture and social history of Brighton & Hove - particularly but not exclusively between the 1780s and 1840s. They have a number or archival projects underway, including an 18th and 19th C family letters and diary initiative - this is focused mainly on materials produced by the Bevan family and their close relatives.

Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project

Launched in July 2012 the Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project  It is led by Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucester City centre Community Partnership and funded by a £48,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Your Heritage” scheme

The Earby and District Local History Society

Founded in 1995 and since its inception has been collecting documents, books, photographs and other artefacts relating to the Earby district. It was only at the end of 2011 that we had the opportunity to bring the archive together in one place when office space at the local community centre became available.

Beyond the Point
Beyond the Point, is a heritage archive of Canvey Island, Essex set up by two teenagers Liam Heatherson and Joe Mander.

Don’t forget! 


The strength of the community archives website is that it provides Information and contact details for a wide variety of groups. Therefore if you have added a page for your group on the site don’t forget to keep it updated! 
If you have forgotten your login details please contact Elaine Davis
If you have any questions or would like to submit information about your group for inclusion in the next newsletter please contact Elaine Davis
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