Origins of this website

Launched in 2007

Origins of this website
Site management training session, March 2007. From L clockwise - Bob Sparham, Jerry Weber (MLA East Midlands), Norman Robinson, Jack Latimer (Community Sites).
Site management training session, March 2007. From L clockwise - Bob Sparham, Jerry Weber (MLA East Midlands), Norman Robinson, Jack Latimer (Community Sites).

This is the website of the Bottesford ‘Living History’ Community Heritage Project, a Local Heritage Initiative project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and, from 2006-2009, by the Nationwide Building Society.

The idea

Under its working title “Bottesford Living History”, the project aims to assemble an archive of oral history, photographs, maps and written material.

Our collective ‘folk memory’ is vital in keeping hold of where we come from and understanding where we are now. Villages and their way of life have changed enormously within living memory. This is live communal history, vivid and fascinating.

The original project included:

  • Oral recordings of the memories of at least 15 local people on the theme “Bottesford and Muston in the Twentieth Century”.
  • Assemble a collection of digital copies of historic photographs.
  • Gather other records that help build up a picture of past village life.
  • Make a record of the parish as it is today.
  • Put all this together as a printed and CD/DVD archive. Project materials will also be accessible via this website and selected mateial will be placed with the
  • ‘leicestershirevillages’ website (supported by Leicestershire County Council).
  • A set of discovery trail leaflets and organized walks. A booklet on village life in the Vale of Belvoir.
  • A biannual project newsletter.
  • Public talks.
  • An audio-visual exhibition and stand at the village show.
  • Drama event: we hope to recreate the village school of yesteryear with present day youngsters and evergreens.

Participation

From the start, we wished to encourage the widest participation by village people and others that have something to contribute about villages and village life past and present. You can add your information and comments directly to this website. Alternatively, contact us and join the project group. For more information go to Contributing to this site.

Finishing Date

This was to be 31 September 08, but let’s face, we are still going strong!

This page was added on 08/12/2006.

Comments about this page

  • What an excellent idea this website is! Passing on the history is important, understanding it even more so. I came across you because of WW2 connections to 467 Sqn. Your work and your website: both great!

    By R-VBruce (28/03/2013)
  • We appreciate your interest and kind comments. Thank you.

    By Editors (29/03/2013)

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