Community Archives and Heritage Group

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

In this newsletter:
Short report on the Essex regional event
Local Archives, Local Lives: 
A Gathering of Scotland's Community Archive Groups and Archivists 
Changing Communities  
2013 Regional Conference of the British Association for Local History.
News from the archives 
Voices of the Hoar Oak Valley Project
Featured Archive, Project Pigeon 

Local Archives, Local Lives:
A Gathering of Scotland's Community Archive Groups and Archivists

23 May 2013 1pm – 4:30pm
General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY 
The Community Archives and Heritage Group and the Scottish Council on Archives invite you to join us for an afternoon celebrating and exploring the wonderful range of community archive and heritage groups at work in Scotland. 
From Jura to the Scottish Borders, this will be a chance to learn more about the activities of a variety of groups and to meet archivists who work closely with them. If you’re thinking about starting your own community archive group, or if you’re an archivist interested in finding out more about local collecting activities across Scotland, please join us. 
This will be a great opportunity to make connections with the wider Community Archives and Heritage Group network of community groups and archivists. 
The event is free and homemade afternoon tea will be served.

Changing Communities

members may be interested in the 2013 Regional Conference of the British Association for Local History Co-hosted with Cheltenham Local History Society and Gloucestershire County History Trust it takes place in Cheltenham over the weekend of 26-28 April 2013. 

Speakers include 
John Beckett- The English Village. Is it really Stow on the Wold?
Tom James - The Black Death of 1348-50 and its aftermath: local, regional and Gloucestershire perspectives
Kate Tiller- Remembrance and Community: war memorials and local history

For further information visit the conference website

Project Pigeon

The Fancy, 27th April 2013 

CAHG Featured archive, Project Pigeon, presents The Fancy, a play in three parts written by Mandy Ross.  The Fancy is based on material in the Birmingham Pigeon Archive and explores the lives, relationships and experiences of pigeon fanciers.  The play is set at Project Pigeon’s pigeon loft, transporting the audience physically and enabling pigeons to be part of the play (and it is possibly the first ever play set at a pigeon loft!).  The Fancy is directed by Kim Charnock from RoguePlay Theatre.
Project Pigeon’s site will be open throughout the day.  The Birmingham Pigeon Archive, comprising of oral history interviews, videos, photographs and documents will be viewable in one of the sheds.  Mandy Ross will be running a drop in writing workshop (open to writers and non-writers).  And, Pigeon Talk: Tales from The Fancy, a book which brings together some of the research, documents and photographs from The Birmingham Pigeon Archive project, will be launched.
Project Pigeon’s site will be open between 12 - 8pm 
Birmingham Pigeon Archive material viewable between 12 - 5pm
Writing Workshop, 2 - 4pm
Book Launch, Pigeon Talk: Tales from The Fancy, 5 - 6pm
Performance of The Fancy, 6.30 - 7.30pm.  Directed by RoguePlay.  £5 on door or bookable at

Project Pigeon’s Address: Land by 9-12 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5ST
The Birmingham Pigeon Archive project and related activities have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Co-op Community Fund
Further information:
For further information please contact Alexandra Lockett, Project Pigeon, on: 07967637017, email:

Funding your Community Archive
Essex Regional Event

Over 40 people gathered at the Essex Record Office on Tuesday April 16 for the CHAG Regional event. Delegates spent the day considering the funding issues for community archives and the atmosphere was described by one as 'lovely  with some inspirational speakers'.

A full report and information from the day will be posted on the website shortly 

Voices of the Hoar Oak Valley Project

Undertaking a Heritage Lottery funded Stories and Memories Project

The Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage have recently announced their success in aquiring a Heritage Lottery Award to undertake the Voices of the Hoar Oak Valley project. The aim of the projectis to collect and publicise memories, stories, images, historical evidence and mementos which help to share:
How people in the past lived and worked at Hoar Oak Cottage - a shepherds cottage in this remote but beautiful Exmoor valley
How people nowadays enjoy and learn about the challenges and pleasures of remote Exmoor by visiting the valley or staying at The Exmoor Outdoor Centre

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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