Look out for Terrington Archive!
Our project in 2020 was to produce some Interpretation Boards covering the history and people of the village and walks in the parish, backed up by a website providing more detailed information. It was intended to be a resource for residents and visitors and kicked off with a very successful launch event in the Village Hall on 9 February 2020.
Within 3 weeks though Covid was upon us and by 23 March the UK as a whole was in lockdown. Terrington 2020 couldn’t proceed as planned but it gave us the ideal opportunity to work on oral history recordings which had been made over the years and which hadn't yet seen the light of day. Two audiotypists in the village were able to set about transcribing them, the plan being to make them available, suitably indexed, on the proposed website to be linked with the Terrington 2020 interpretation boards.
Another project that spun out at this time was one which would keep up the tradition started in the 1930s by rector James Wimbush who photographed all his parishioners and which we continued at the Millennium when we photographed everyone in the civil parish. Starting in Terrington in the first instance, we’ve now begun a photographic record of the buildings themselves, as seen from the public highway (or nearer, with the occupants’ consent). It will give people in years to come an idea of what Terrington looked like in 2020, something we don’t systematically have for years gone by. The idea is to make these photos available in due course.
Meanwhile, the plans for the interpretation boards themselves changed. Turning those plans on their head we’ve pressed forward with the intended website, making it much more than originally planned. It’s become the place to gather together material about Terrington, historical accounts, pieces of research, photos, maps, and copies of documents that might be lost when people eventually leave the village. In that way such material will be preserved for the future and can be made more widely available. Covid-19 is providing the time and the opportunity and Terrington Archive is now emerging. Watch this space!