Recent Activities


Today we met Neil Busby Archivist/Treasurer of Thrapston Historical Society to share photographs and experiences.   Thrapston Historical Society have been established for over 25 years and Neil kindly offered on-going advice and support.

8th April 2013

 Founder members of THA met Maggy Chapman of the Titchmarsh Jubilee  Committee to discuss the contribution that Titchmarsh History Association might make to the village information board; which the Jubilee Committee are introducing providing for the village, using profits from Jubilee celebrations.

3rd March 2013

 Ian Curtis interviewed Susan Andrews (Sheila Holland’s daughter).  They discussed the recorded memoirs of her grandmother, Edna Mayes, to which Susan added some memories of her own.  She also left a copy of the memoirs for us to retain in the archive.

27 Feb 13

 Ian has been working with the school during January and February:- (1) devising reference materials for children in their project on World War 2 and (2) identifying historical resources for a bid to become an Eco-school.

Jan/Feb 2013

Titchmarsh at War!


Titchmarsh at War – in the Clubroom – Wednesday 10th April 7.30pm

Come and see, hear and experience what we have discovered of our village at war.  See the slide show – hear about wartime life in the village and learn about the rationing, blackouts and air raids of the 1940’s.  We will bring it all back in an informal presentation, for an hour or so, and then encourage you to share with us your own experiences over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Using old documents and photographs, and the information we have gathered from our discussions with villagers, we have been building up a picture of life here during the two world wars.   For example, we now know more about some of the names on the war memorial, and how experiences in the Second World War changed the village forever.  We think that you will be surprised at what we have discovered.

If you would like to find out more, or if you too have memories to share with us, then please come along to the Clubroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th April 2013.  It’s all very informal.  There is no charge, and the refreshments are free!

Village Farm

Joan WoodAs the house history project nears completion, we have been checking the finer details of the history of Village Farm with Joan Wood.   The House History publication contains information about 98 buildings in the village and includes pictures of the houses and residents as well as views of the streetscene.   The House Histories book should be published in the coming months.

David Hackney

still of IC interviewing David Hackney

Had a very interesting and useful meeting with David Hackney.  David lived for most of his formative years in the village and has an abundant knowledge of what it was like in the forties to eighties.  He was able to fill us in with details of who lived where and enriched our archive with some fascinating tales of the village characters.  And what is more, he handed over much of what Raymond Gray had left to him – photos, documents and, perhaps most exciting of all, a video of material that Raymond had produced from the super 8 film he had taken.  There is footage of work on the farm [the H&S inspectors would have had nightmares], sledging in London End,  a meeting of the hunt, and work on constructing the sewers in the winter of 1963.

We will get the material transcribed to a digital format so that we can share it more widely.

Titchmarsh Jubilee History Project

titchmarsh diamond jubilee 020Telling our story: Titchmarsh Jubilee History Project celebrates £3,600 of Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Titchmarsh History Association is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. The exciting Jubilee History Project led by the Titchmarsh History Association, has been given £3,600, which will be used to record and tell the story of Titchmarsh during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage. The popular series presented by Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people. The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now Titchmarsh Jubilee History Project is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. The grant will allow the association to make a permanent record of the village and its activities throughout the Queen’s reign, and record the changes right up to today. The association will be able to capture oral histories of the village from the older residents and preserve them in book and taped format for future generations. In addition, a survey of the history of individual houses in the village will be completed and published. With this HLF funding, over one hundred years worth of parish magazines will be converted into searchable format and be available to everyone on-line. The funding will also enable the editing and completion of a filmed record of the activities and events in the village throughout this jubilee year Among its other aims the association plan to produce pamphlets of different aspects of village history, including a village walk; and develop materials to help children at the village school discover more about their heritage. TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Titchmarsh have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.” Commenting on the award, Terry Higgins said “We are delighted to receive this award. It will enable us to bring together all the information we have discovered, and the information we still have to discover, about this historically important village of Titchmarsh, into a digital archive for future generations. This award has transformed us from enthusiastic hobbyists to ‘Tellers of the Great British Story’.” Emma Sayer, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the Titchmarsh Jubilee History Project as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”