It seems a while since you had an update from the Archive Team, for that I do apologise and will now bring you up to date with what we have been up to through 2016.
We have had a very busy year; firstly we put on a new display at the Sandgate Library, featuring Cpl William Cotter VC, of whom we are very proud – to think that we had our own VC in Sandgate. The display was seen by many people and the feedback was very encouraging.
We then had a very successful open evening in November, both downstairs in the Fire Station and upstairs in the Reading Room. We put on display a wide variety of items from our Archives, many photographs and documents that had not been previously seen, and encouraged our visitors to look in our files to find things of interest to them. It really was an amazing evening – so many people turned up and enjoyed wine and refreshments and the chance to talk to members of the Archive Team, certainly something we will repeat this year.
Throughout the year the six members of our team meet up every week and work hard to update our collection – there is always something to do!
New items that have been donated need to be catalogued and of course research to be followed up. We have in the past year done research for a gentleman in Canada who had connections to Sandgate through his great Aunt. He was so pleased with our help as he writing a book, that when he came to the UK in November made the trip to Sandgate and enjoyed a nice lunch with us and a whirlwind tour of the Village.
As you who have visited the Old Fire Station will know we have had a refurbishment to our headquarters – the whole place has been updated and looks so nice. The Archive section which is almost finished is now fit for purpose and provides more storage for our ever increasing Archive.
With a view to 2017 we have just completed a new display in the library featuring the history of Sandgate Castle which I would recommend a visit to see it.
A Happy New Year to all from the ‘A’ team of the Sandgate Society.
Jill Partridge, Archivist