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With the practical work on the Big Dig now over, the committee has been looking ahead to potential new projects for Long Preston Heritage Group.  We are exploring these projects at a couple of events over the next few weeks and would like to invite you to attend to find out more.


Historical and Archaeological Survey of St Mary's Churchyard

We are considering a historical and archaeological survey of St Mary's churchyard.   Some of the work involves a photographic technique which means that inscriptions on gravestones and memorials which are unreadable to the naked eye become clear.  This technique has been used to great effect by the Embsay Research Group in their survey of the churchyard in Embsay.  To help us decide if a similar project would be possible in Long Preston, a group of volunteers from Embsay will be coming to the village on Thursday, 17 November, to explain what they have been doing and to demonstrate this photographic technique to us.  The meeting will start at 10.30 am in the committee room of the village hall and then, after lunch, weather permitting, in the churchyard where the technique will be demonstrated.


You do not have to be a photographic expert or enthusiast to get involved in this project - there is much more to it than just taking photographs.  The ultimate aim would be a complete record of the burials that have taken place in the churchyard and being able to identify each grave, whether or not it is marked.  This will provide a fascinating insight into the people of the village and will help a great deal with any family history project that involves the village.  In fact, relatively few of the memorials will need to be surveyed using the photographic technique as most can be read quite easily and the information recorded.  So, if you are interested in finding out more about the project and the history of the church, the churchyard and, more importantly, the people who have been laid to rest there, please come along to the meeting.


Archiving

Since the Heritage Group was started in 2007, we have amassed a large number of documents and artefacts.  However, we do not have a clear understanding of what we have or its value to the village and cannot, therefore, make it available to anyone who may be interested.  We have an opportunity to work with "Capturing the Past", and one of their representatives will be at our next committee meeting to tell us more.  This will take place at 7 pm on Monday 28 November.


"Capturing the Past" is a project to train volunteers to catalogue and digitise parish and other records and make them publicly available.  This is a great opportunity for us to learn how to catalogue and archive our records before, ultimately, being able to digitise them to make them available both within and beyond the village.  If you are interested in learning more about this project and, perhaps, working with the committee to begin the task of cataloguing and archiving our records, please come along to the meeting on 28 November.



If you are interested in attending either of these events, please let Richard Bootham know by email with the subject: Long Preston Heritage Group - An Invitation.  


If you are interested in either of the projects but you are unable to attend the relevant event, again, please let Richard know and he will make sure you are kept informed of future developments.


Richard Boothman

Chairman, Long Preston Heritage Group

Telephone:    0776 397 9661

email:        r.boothman@btinternet.com

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