History exhibition relaunched after 20 years

PUBLISHED: 10:38 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

Clavering sign

Clavering sign

THE first Clavering history exhibition for more than 20 years takes place this weekend, promising to be a fascinating and revealing insight into local history. The free two-day event is expected to attract a lot of interest from both people who have lived

THE first Clavering history exhibition for more than 20 years takes place this weekend, promising to be a fascinating and revealing insight into local history.

The free two-day event is expected to attract a lot of interest from both people who have lived in the village a long time and newcomers keen to find out more about where they live, as well as history enthusiasts from the wider area.

Saffron Walden Museum and the Saffron Walden Records Office will both be represented at the Intercounty-sponsored exhibition, providing a wide range of resources to delve deep into Clavering's past.

The main basis of the exhibition is to reveal the findings of the Clavering Castle Project, which began in July 2005.

Deborah Lowe, who has been involved with the organisation of the history exhibition, said: "Primarily the exhibition is to present the results of Project Castle, a three-year lottery-funded survey of the castle and its environs. There are diagrams showing the survey results and a final report from the Essex County Council historic environment department.

"In addition we have our own project CD which can be viewed onscreen, including the history of the site, experiences of the survey work, community activities and inter-active pages for children. The medieval pottery found on the castle site will also be on display."

Two information panels are also being unveiled in Clavering this Saturday. The first overlooks the castle site, while the second - located at Blacksmiths Corner and presented to the village by the Clavering Landscape History Group - offers more general information about the village's history.

The history exhibition will show a wealth of different sources including photographs and oral history memories of pre-war Clavering covering topics including farming, Victorian poverty, crime, people, churches, houses, schools and pubs.

Also on display will be maps showing how Clavering has changed since 1600, and a scale model of how the village looked in the 19th century.

A more animated insight into the Clavering of old will come courtesy of a showing of local films, as well as slideshows and recordings made over the last 30 years of people recalling how the village used to be.

The exhibition runs from 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday, in the Clavering Christian Centre (formerly the URC) in Stortford Road.

Anyone who has an item or account that they think might be of value to the exhibition should call Jacky Cooper on 01799 550462.

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