Looking for a place to meet up with old friends or colleagues? Want to know more about your own archives and heritage?
The 'Archive Weekend' was developed as part of the 'Therapeutic Living with Other People's Children' project, and is designed to offer communities or groups the opportunity to come together, share their experiences, and work on material relating to their experience.
Our archive holds a wealth of material relating to different communities past and present, so an 'Archive Weekend' is an ideal wayfor people to engage with and contribute to their heritage in very practical and hands-on ways.
Groups can choose to be involved in a variety of activities: scanning, cataloguing and preserving their records, learning more about how an archive works and how to make the most of the information available. Some groups engage with oral history, recording their own stories with the PETT oral historian, or taking part in workshops so they can record interviews with other members of their community.
Training in specialist areas can be arranged in order to suit the groups' interest, be it managing and maintaing their own website, creating digital stories or learning more about how to properly preserve their archives.
Located in beautiful surroundings, our centre can provide onsite accommodation and a range of catering options to suit groups wanting to spend a few days.
During a 'Weekend' (incidentally, these don't have to be 'weekends' at all but that's what we call them and we're sticking with it!) communities are encouraged to take the lead directing the team towards their own interests be it archives, oral history, web design, all or none of the above!
If you're interested in joining us and would like to create your own event, be it specific training or a more informal gathering; dipping in and out of different activities, having a look at the archive, or just having the chance to 'catch up' and share stories please do get in touch and let's see what we can do!
Click here to read one former child's experience of the Wennington Archive Weekend, May 2012.