History makes the news

PUBLISHED: 09:40 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 31 May 2010

From left; Michael Southgate, Rosemarie Gant, Jacqueline Cooper, Manuden recorder Fiona Bengtsen and Great Chesterford recorder Kate McManus

From left; Michael Southgate, Rosemarie Gant, Jacqueline Cooper, Manuden recorder Fiona Bengtsen and Great Chesterford recorder Kate McManus

UTTLESFORD S rich and colourful history hit the World Wide Web last Thursday when a new database was launched at the district council offices in Saffron Walden. Recording Uttlesford History was designed by Rosemarie Gant of Ashdon and was the brainchild o

UTTLESFORD'S rich and colourful history hit the World Wide Web last Thursday when a new database was launched at the district council offices in Saffron Walden.

Recording Uttlesford History was designed by Rosemarie Gant of Ashdon and was the brainchild of the Radwinter Recorder, Michael Southgate, along with fellow members of the Uttlesford Local History Recorders group.

Mr Southgate said: "I inherited a large number of cardboard boxes stuffed with documents from my predecessors when I took the post three years ago, and every time somebody rang me to ask about some aspect of local history I had to sift through them, so the database will help enormously."

More than 80 people attended the launch of the database, which will allow village history recorders the chance to collate and share information on the internet.

New material will be added to the catalogue regularly and many villages have already signed up to start cataloguing their collections and putting them online.

ULHR chairman Jacqueline Cooper said: "After watching a demo, those present could try out the database and order their own free CD for inputting local records."

The database is still under construction but progress so far can be seen at www.ulhr.org.uk

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