Whitwick Historical Group
Whitwick Historical Group is based at the Old Station Building in Whitwick. The group houses a large collection of resources which are available to members and non-members of the group.
Resources include photographs, maps, documents and artefacts and our media room provides access to microfiche, census returns, CDs etc. All these resources can be used by family history researchers as well as people that are interested in the history and heritage of the area, and experienced friendly experts are always on hand to help you.
The group enjoys an enviable reputation for producing its own publications, it arranges public talks on local heritage topics, produces a quarterly newsletter and annual calendar and presents regular exhibitions on national topics as well as local issues. Come and see us to discuss how we can help you with your research. Perhaps you have some old photographs that you would like the group to place in its archive?
Take a look at the resources we offer and call in to see us - we'll be pleased to see you.
Join us on a GUIDED WALK
Whitwick Historical Group has introduced a new feature to their programme: a guided walk entitled “A Walk Around Whitwick”.
The walk includes ten significant sites in Whitwick and lasts approximately two hours. It is easily adapted to suit the needs of different groups.
Beginning and ending at the Old Station in North Street, the walk includes such locations as the Parish Church, the Old Convent, the route of the Charnwood Forest Railway and the Market Place.
Afterwards, light refreshments are served in the Station Building and visitors have the opportunity to look around our unique home.
Members of Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society were our guests for the launch of the walk. Peter Smith commented, “I knew that Whitwick had historic roots so I hoped there would be more to it than meets the eye when driving through. Your carefully planned walk proved that was true and we were very impressed with what you have achieved in your base at the Old Station.”
Members of Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society on a guided walk in July 2014
To book a guided walk, call in at the Old Station or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signing of Lease Secures Group’s Future
The Chairmen of Whitwick Parish Council and Whitwick Historical Group met in Whitwick’s Old Station to sign copies of the lease of the unique building which has been the home of the Group since 1987. The ten-year lease became effective on 1st January 2015.
Marlene Pearson, Chair of Whitwick Historical Group, stated, “Our Parish Council has been very supportive and helpful during the few months it has taken to arrange and formalise the lease. The Group now has security of tenure which is wonderful and will enable us to plan ahead with confidence.”
Chairman of the Parish Council, Ray Woodward, added, “Whitwick Historical Group is a great example of what can be achieved by enthusiastic local volunteers. With their commitment to documenting and celebrating our heritage, they are an asset to the village and the Parish Council is pleased to support them in their endeavours.”
The legal costs were met by Whitwick Historical Group aided by a generous donation from East Midlands Housing Group. The EMHG has a long association with Whitwick through its housing developments in the village. This contribution helps to preserve Whitwick’s history and support the local community.
Chan Kataria, Group Chief Executive of EMH Group stated: “We are delighted to be able to support this valuable community project. We have a long and proud history here and anything we can do to preserve the heritage of this community is good news.”
The Old Station is open to visitors on a regular basis. The volunteers who run Whitwick Historical Group are always keen to welcome new members and assist with research.
Ray Woodward, Chair of Whitwick Parish Council, and Marlene Pearson, Chair of Whitwick Historical Group, pictured inside the Old Station Building at the formal signing of the lease.
Whitwick Historical Group wins Award at Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Awards April 2014
A History of Whitwick in Thirty Objects
The exhibition was a celebration of Whitwick Historical Group’s 30th anniversary. Held on one day in Whitwick Methodist Church Hall, thirty diverse objects were chosen to represent Whitwick’s unique history. Each artefact was displayed with accompanying information. Thirteen other local heritage and community groups added exhibitions and provided stands at the exhibition. Over 450 visitors attended the exhibition. The exhibition cost only £300 to deliver. The group deployed a wide range of marketing activities to publicise the exhibition.
Did you work in Whitwick?
We are researching businesses and trades in Whitwick and would like to hear from anyone who has worked in Whitwick
We want to hear your stories, how long did you work, how did you get to work, what the working conditions were like etc.
Do you have any artefacts, paperwork, relating to Whitwick businesses.
Living in Whitwick
We would like to interview older residents who have lived all or most of their lives in Whitwick.
We want to know what life was like, where did you shop, work, how did you travel, what were the houses like (many now demolished)
If you or a member of your family would be willing to be interviewed, please get in touch with us.
We want to hear your stories and record them before it is too late and a way of life disappears.
Secure Home for Whitwick Historical Group
Whitwick Historical Group is celebrating a more secure future thanks to Whitwick Parish Council.
The Old Station in North Street, Whitwick has been the home of Whitwick Historical Group since 1987. Ownership of this unique Victorian building in the village’s traditional centre recently passed from NWLDC to Whitwick Parish Council. At a recent Parish Council Meeting, it was decided to grant the Historical Group a ten-year lease which will be formalised over the next few months.
Chair of Whitwick Historical Group, Marlene Pearson, stated, “For many local people, Whitwick Historical Group and the Old Station are naturally linked together. This link is stronger following positive action by Whitwick Parish Council.”
She added, “There are several benefits for the Historical Group but most important are continuity and security of tenure which allows us to apply for accreditation as a group and thereby access more funding.”
Ray Woodward, Chairman of Whitwick parish Council, said “Whitwick Historical Group is a great example of what can be achieved by enthusiastic local volunteers. With their commitment to documenting and celebrating our heritage, they are a great asset to the village and the Parish Council is pleased to be able to support them in their endeavours.”
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