L/R Frank Pyke, Jill Partridge, Annie Bamford, Bob Preedy
A Happy New Year from the Archive Team at the Sandgate Society, I must start by making an apology as it is now a good while since I put an update onto our website. In my defence we really have had a very busy 2018! As you will know we have spent the whole year working very hard to prepare our archive for digitisation. This has involved many hours of careful work, sifting through hundreds of precious documents and deciding what to put forward for digitisation. I am pleased to say that all the rest of the document collection is now with Towns Web Archiving and will be returned to us to be put on our website soon.
We have already had our photograph collection digitised, and returned to us, they are now back at the Fire Station, and are also on this website. We will soon be putting captions onto the collection to enable anyone visiting the site to read the locations and dates where possible for each photograph.
Whilst all this work was taking place the team held an Exhibition in the Reading Room (above the OFS) in November, which was to commemorate the end of WW1, we were very pleased with the results and the fact that the Society had done our part in remembering those from our Village who had served in the war, many of whom sadly did not return. We also had a similar display in our cabinet at the Library, which when visiting is worth a look as there is always something of interest there.
We are most grateful to John Andrews for his most generous support which has enabled us to go ahead with our digitisation project. We have a new member in our team namely Christine Bleach, who has connections with Sandgate, and is very interested in its history.