Introducing Abberley Lives

Abberley Lives is an HLF-funded local history project run by Abberley WI. We will be investigating the history of Abberley from 1910 to the present day.

The research coincides with the history of Abberley WI itself, founded as it was in 1921.  We have started our investigations in 1910 so that we can take in the change to village life caused by World War One, the decline of rural trades in the mid-century, to the current rise of professional home working.

By late spring 2013, we hope to have produced:

  • a village history website featuring our findings, photographs, film and sound files (including oral history and possibly old home movies)
  • a commemorative brochure for distribution to WI members and local residents
  • a series of talks for the WI Open Meetings

We will be following a few ‘Golden Threads’ of history including

  • the WI itself and its impact on village life
  • public health – the introduction of water supplies, utilities and waste disposal
  • the lives and expectations of women in the village
  • the development of the village and its communications with the outside world
  • occupations and trades in the village
  • snapshots of life in 1911 (the date of the last census open to public study) and 2012

We also want to collect oral histories of parishioners’ experiences and observations of life in Abberley throughout the 20th century.

If you would like to be involved in the project in any way – as a researcher, contributor, writer, designer, or speaker – please contact us via our website.

And keep watching this space for the latest news!

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