Pamber Heath Archives
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Information About This Project
I became interested in the history of Pamber Heath after reading the `Nostalgia' articles by Carol Stevens in the Pamber Heath Memorial Hall newsletters in 1993. I then discovered that my wife's great-grandfather William Stroud had been a prominent member of the community and the first parish council chairman in 1894. I did not pursue the interest until the end of 1999 when my interest in Pamber Heath's history was re-kindled but I don't know why. All I knew was that I had developed an inner urge to preserve and document it before the further passage of time when it would be too late to find documents or photographs of the village years ago. I therefore began a personal project on the 1st of January 2000.
GATHERING AND STORAGE OF INFORMATION
I decided to create a physical archive as well as two computer files to act as a database of information - People and Events.
Pamber Heath Archives was the name chosen for my physical collection as well as for this web site.
MANAGEMENT OF THE ARCHIVES
All items were safely stored in box files and a log book was used to record details about every document or photograph deposited. Each was given an archive ITEM number, which is referred to as a source of information on various pages of this web site. Much of the information contained in the deposited documents was transferred to computer, a little at a time. Photographs were scanned, a little at a time, and thereby also transferred to computer.
PUBLICATION OF MATERIAL
The material was published in two forms: Firstly, on this web site, a little at a time, starting in January 2000 as it would be particularly useful to family history researchers as well as those interested in Pamber Heath's history. Secondly, in a book which went on sale on October the 25th 2001. The book took a long time to write even with help but proved very popular. The project was completed in September 2001. It has not been possible to research many of the available documents, particularly old newspapers, due to the time and effort needed and so there are still many facts to uncover.
I will try to maintain and improve this web site from time-to-time, if I am able. There are no plans for a follow-up book and that is very unlikely. The plan is to eventually deposit all the archive material in Hampshire Record Office to preserve it for future generations.
NUMBER OF ITEMS DEPOSITED IN THE ARCHIVES
376 items have been deposited.