Ashford’s Hidden Treasures

Really delighted to announce a new project: Ashford’s Hidden Treasures. The aim is to talk to the custodians of museums and archives in the Ashford area about their collections and to invite them to do a zoom interview about their single favourite objects… can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we will also be talking to representatives from National Museums about objects in their collections which originated in the Ashford area. The Crundale hoard is on our list, as well as a wonderful steam train at the National Railway Museum in York.

Many thanks to Rob Barker for the great logo.

For more information please see the press release here:

Ashford: History in 100 buildings

Some very quick thoughts about the forthcoming #ashford100buildings project…┬áthe idea is to:

  • initiate a discussion in the community about our favourite buildings in the Ashford area
  • make a timeline featuring the 100 ‘best/most significant’ buildings, making sure that every time period is represented (we don’t just want 100 14th century buildings)
  • think about our own present-day or recent experiences of these buildings. For this part of the project we will be making special efforts to engage with residents in care homes.
  • Funder Films CIC will use participatory video techniques to make a film (or possibly a number of short films) about buildings in the area and how we interact with them.

The project will be launched on Thursday July 23rd and I expect it to take a couple of months.