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Freshwater & Totland Archive Group was formed in 2010 and is based in Freshwater Memorial Hall.

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Hill LodgeOur aim is to  establish a local Archive that will be easily accessible to local people and to encourage the sharing of memories and depositing  of records, thus enabling future generations to understand and appreciate their rich local history, to acknowledge those who’ve made our villages what they are, and to safeguard the characters of our villages in the future. Activities up to now have consisted of working with Parish Councils and various other groups, advertising our presence, appealing for material, recording memories on tape, conducting reminiscence walks, holding public displays of photographic and written material, and showing film which features past local events and interviews with local people.

Local support is resulting in wonderful material being donated for copying and demonstrates a real sense of pride in and affection for our community, the Group hope to build on this support to provide an easily accessible Archive where our rich local history can be learned, shared and appreciated.

Plans for the future

Complete the cataloguing of material, to raise funds in order to obtain appropriate storage items e.g. acid free boxes and photo-sleeves, collaborate with local organisations and schools in promoting the value of Local History, conduct Reminiscence walks; display material and talk to local groups; explore the possibility of publishing reminiscences currently recorded on tape.

We have huge enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, and training will be ongoing to enable us to build our ‘People’s Archive’. New information and contributions are always welcome, and we would love to share your reminiscences.

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Material Request

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As Freshwater and Totland Archive Group is self-funded a donation is appreciated to cover time and cost when supplying images/information.

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