Creating Partnerships – a study from Fleet and Crookham
From the time the Fleet and Crookham Local History Group was inaugurated in 1985 an advert describing the monthly meetings was put in the Fleet Public Library community notice board. At that time the library had a display cabinet and the staff were glad of our request to have occasional use to promote local history topics. Soon FCLHG also requested room to place a locked filing cabinet for archival storage, which was readily granted.
This however soon filled and papers were overflowing in the archivist’s home. Something needed to be resolved about the storage and recording by modern standards of the Group’s archive. When the Local heritage resource Centre discussions came up in 2002/3 our Group was included and as a result of recognising our need two display cabinets were made available for our exclusive use. But we needed storage space for our growing archive. The Hampshire Museum Service representative suggested we look at Fareham’s (Westbury Manor) set-up for ideas. Oh yes, this was ideal but who would give us a room rent free? Nevertheless we gained ideas.
Our Library Manager was willing to give us more space, but how do we meet the cost of cupboards, filing cabinets and the associated archival materials necessary to meet today’s standard of archiving? We applied for a Lottery Grant through ‘Archives for All’ and had a very successful result. The library staff were so willing to help us with the launch of this project in their premises and have been very supportive since with any project that we have held in meeting the public on library premises.
Fleet and Crookham Local History Group
- For the foreseeable future we have a place to house our archive in an acceptable modern format.
- A place where we can meet the public and show them how to do their own research and as importantly receive their contributions towards our local history.
- The Library Manager regards this as a ‘perfect partnership’, particularly as it draws the public into the library.
- The library is central in our town and is the natural place to look for local history.
- The presence of the FCLHG members and their resource in the library brings the public in.
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