Spanton Jarman Project
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The Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society was formed in 1960 and seeks to appeal to all with a love of the history of our town and surrounding area. We have a current membership of 96 people and hold a series of lectures each year from October to March on topics of local history.
VISITORS and new members are always welcome. Please click ‘Here’ for how to join. Non-members are welcome at any meeting for a fee of £5.
We are currently engaged in a major project to digitise a large collection of glass negatives, known as the SPANTON JARMAN COLLECTION, donated to the Society in 1979 by a member of the family after the closure of Jarman's photographic business in Abbeygate Street.
Our aim is to make the 4000 images available on our website for all to share and the feedback we receive tells us that this is much appreciated. Volunteers have dedicated much time and energy to this project over the years, and we are confident that the digitisation process could be completed by June 2017.
CAN YOU HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL? We are working closely with Bury St Edmunds Record Office, who manage the digitisation process for us. Each fragile glass plate costs £5 to digitise, and we have to raise sufficient funds to cover this cost. We are grateful to the National Lottery, our members, local organisations and individuals who have sponsored the work so far, but still need a further £2800 to complete the work.
Any contribution, however small, would be welcomed.
You can send a cheque to:
42 Abbots Gate
Bury St Edmunds
Here are the details of our next meeting.
Monday 9 January:
Georgian wallpaper in Bury Houses
Philip Aitkens is an Historic Buildings Consultant based near Bury St Edmunds. His training was in architecture, working for Martin Whitworth in Crown Street where the practice was focused on the care of historic buildings, an ideal start to his career. His interests include medieval carpentry, early farm buildings and the interior design of vernacular buildings. The redevelopment of the centre of Bury St Edmunds during the 1990s caused losses to the interior of many houses, and it became clear that someone needed to record this. Wallpaper became an obsession, and beautiful designs were rescued from the skip; out of this has come his nationally important collection of Georgian papers and the basis of a book on the subject which is in the process of being written.
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