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Recording a Time Capsule – Volunteer Opportunities & Training

  • 18th September 2019

We need your help! The Market Gardening Heritage Project is looking for volunteers to help record fascinating stories and preserve an important chapter in the Vale of Evesham’s history. Training workshops are coming up in the next few weeks, so do get in touch if you’re interested.

 Archiving a Time Capsule

 One day Edgar Wheeler, a market gardener, left his Cleeve Prior shed (locally know as a hovel, or ‘ovel) for the last time, leaving behind everything from produce labels to waterproofs, tools and food tins. Mr Wheeler’s hovel is one of three being restored by the project as a publicly accessible heritage site, so over the autumn we need a team of volunteers to help record, clean and catalogue the 50 year archive that it contains.

 To get things started, we’re running a workshop with our conservator, Rhonda, on Monday 30th Sept from 10am-1pm in Cleeve Prior. We’ll look through the archive and discuss plans, then Rhonda will run a practical session on handling and cleaning paper items.

 If you are interested and would like to come, or have further queries, please email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or ring 01905 766352.

Inside Mr Wheeler’s Cleeve Prior ‘ovel

 Historic Research

 Fancy unearthing local stories? Our last archival workshop is running in Evesham on the 24th Sept from 1.30-4pm, when we’ll explain how to go about researching a topic and the key sources to use. To get an idea of the stories behind market gardening and the associated industries that have been uncovered so far, take a look at the transport blog and letters written by schoolchildren in 1933.

 Again, if you are interested and would like to come please email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or ring 01905 766352.

A wonderful photo from Badsey

 

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