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Making History at Upton Scudamore

by Gerry Lynch last modified 18 Jul, 2013 04:47 PM

Wiltshire village celebrates first ever local history exhibition.

Last year, St. Mary’s Church in Upton Scudamore was reordered, creating an area in the Church for activities and events to be used by the whole village community. This space was named PACT – Parish and Community Together – and Ken Welch, a relative newcomer to the parish, organised an Upton History Exhibition as the first major event held there. After many months of collating material and designing the exhibition space, it opened on 13th July.

Ken explained that the exhibition “is is not yet a definitive history of the village. Despite some material going back to the Domesday Book, the main focus is on personal memories and photographs of the last century. Sections of the exhibition cover the history of the church through time, the coming of the railway, the impact of war on the village, the farming community, the old water tower, old maps and photographs, and the church registers for marriages and baptisms. 

“Enquiries among those brought up in the village have proved invaluable, both for stories and photographs, as has the support of the Dewey Museum in Warminster. 

“We hope to encourage people to bring forward more stories and photographs to preserve the heritage of this evolving farming community. We have also created a village archive so we hope next year’s exhibition will be bigger and better.” 

The exhibition got the thumbs up from a steady stream of visitors over the first few days, with some people returning to explore it in more depth. 

One intrepid lady, currently researching her family tree, travelled up from Devon to view both the church and exhibition and was thrilled to see documents previously unknown to her. Another happy visitor was Warminster Journal news reporter Liz Turner, who spent over two hours studying the displays. 

A further attraction is the Millennium Video documentary, filmed over the course of the year by professional videographer Tim Martin who lives in the village. 

The exhibition is open until 28th July from 10 am until 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and 1pm until 5pm on Sundays. Cream teas, served Ken’s wife Lesley, are popular and served on Saturdays and Sundays.


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