Aston on Trent Local History Group jump aboard the Full Circle quest for film


Aston on Trent Local History Group Committee (L - R) Fred Hinds / Richard Coates / John Holloway / Carole Bagnall (Chairperson) / Dixie Dean / Liz Whitaker / Bob Read / Barry Thompson

 

 So far the Media Archive for Central England has had a fantastic response from Community groups wishing to participate in the Full Circle project. The Aston on Trent Local History Group is no exception and were determined to get involved! They are a dynamic and fast growing part of the Aston on Trent Community and have been running for six years with over 60 people regularly attending their monthly programme of speakers and visits.

John Holloway, a member of Aston on Trent LHG, told Full Circle that the group thought the project was “an innovative and valuable idea”. He explained that they plan to promote their search for film through local contacts, village notice boards, magazines and their monthly meetings where they will put the word out for videos and cinefilms from residents who had footage depicting past events, people and occasions over the last forty or fifty years. After putting out their request for film John explained that within a few weeks they had around fifteen finds and are convinced there is more out there. The group are even going to motivate members of the community who are ‘car-booters’ to scour for old home video or cine footage that may have been thrown out!

 “It really is a ‘win-win’ project and I defy anybody not to be fascinated by scenes from the past.”

Visitors pore over the History Group's heritage images at their 'History of Aston' photo exhibition. All Saints' Parish Church, Aston on Trent, 2009

By participating in The Full Circle project the Aston on Trent LHG believe that they will be able to raise the profile of local history, and provide a fascinating and permanent record of village life – which not only will be a fantastic resource to offer local schools wishing to add to their curriculum, but will also provide material for their monthly meetings.

“We share a belief that recording, developing and maintaining our 1300 year old history should be conducted with as much community involvement as possible and with around £70,000 of grant funding over the last few years we’ve run plenty of projects involving all ages, the village school, individuals and groups, producing DVDs, publications, oral reminiscences, photo exhibitions and a vast archive of thousands of photos and hundreds of valuable documents and artefacts. We now have the funding to develop a village Heritage Centre to display, store and make available our resources for the public.”

 For more information about Aston on Trent LHG please visit:

http://www.astonontrenthistory.org.uk