| Southam, Warwickshire, England|
Friends of the Cardall Collection
Southam's Cardall Collection contains artefacts, documents, and photographs relating to the history of the town of Southam, Warwickshire, England, including its people, and the surrounding villages.
Since 2006, the Collection has been managed by a team of volunteers, The Friends of the Cardall Collection. However, the collection is at risk because it does not have a suitable, permanent home. The Friends of the Cardall Collection's primary aim is to establish a permanent home for the collection within Southam town centre, to enable it to be used for the benefit of the wider community. Members of the Friends are interested in the history of Southam and its surrounding villages.
Southam's Cardall Collection Wikipedia
The collection was started by the late Jack Cardall, and his widow, Rene, continued this work until her death in 2007. It contains in excess of 4,500 items. In addition, there is a photographic archive, largely donated by a local historian, that contains over 1,500 negatives and slides, and 450 unique glass negatives taken by an amateur photographer in the early days of the 20th century.
Southam is a historic market town in Warwickshire, England, and has many unique and ancient buildings. Located on major north/south and east/west routes, it was for many years a bustling transport and trading hub, particularly in the era before railways.
The Friends' current projects include:Identifying, recording and describing all items
Creating a computer database of items
Scanning all documents
Photographing all objects
Digitising all photographic material
Working with local schools and colleges
Working with retirement homes and similar organisations
Walk & Talk events
Presentations for local groups
Exhibitions and displays
Partnership with Southam Fire Service and Southam Primary Schools
Digitally recording information and memories of local people
Creation and sale of oral history CDs
Helping with a television documentary about one of Southam’s historic buildings.
Introducing Exchange Students to the town.
Taking part in local community events
Dealing with enquiries about local history
Partnership working with local artists and historians
To expand the Collection
To widen access to the Collection
To encourage the involvement of younger people using the internet and social media
To assist schools with their local history study
To raise awareness and engage local people with Southam’s historic past
To make the Collection work for Southam in terms of increased tourism and trade
The Friends of Southam's Cardall Collection receives support from the Warwickshire Community Museum’s Officer, including advice, training and information about funding opportunities. The work of the Friends is funded by donations, membership subscriptions, sales of small items, and small grants from awarding bodies. The Group has had some success with applications for small grants for specific projects. Computer equipment, scanners, lighting equipment, projectors, etc. have been acquired to support community work and to carry out the conservation work that underpins the group's activities. However, to pay for running costs (rent, rates, electricity, water,) volunteers also have to concentrate on revenue earning projects.