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.
Thirtieth Anniversary Celebrations
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of the beginning of the Whitwick Historical Group and to celebrate this significant event, a special exhibition entitled 'A History of Whitwick in Thirty Objects' took place on 25th May at Whitwick Methodist Church.
The focus of the exhibition was to showcase Whitwick’s unique heritage by exhibiting thirty interesting artefacts, a number of which had never been seen in public before. Some of the items may have seemed familiar, others unusual and intriguing.
In addition to our own displays there were lots of things to admire: banners from village churches; a banner from Whitwick Cub Scouts especially made for the exhibition; artwork from Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School.
Amongst the many other groups with displays were: Witan Archaeology; Wigston Framework Knitters’ Museum; Whitwick Community Café; the Royal British Legion; the Friends of Holly Hayes Wood; and, the Friends of Thringstone and Grace Dieu.
The winner of the 'Guess the weight of a boulder' kindly loaned by Midland Quarry Products who also kindly donated the prize of a £25 Argos gift voucher was Mr Commons of Coalville. The correct weight was 899 kg or 1 ton.
The clear winner of the Family Fun Quiz was Mrs Smith who won a Family Ticket to Snibston Discovery Park, kindly donated by Snibston Discovery Park.
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.
Treasures in the Attic?
OFTEN when a person dies, special pieces of furniture, paintings, china etc. are shared within the family or if unwanted,
sent to an auction house or charity shop. That drawer or attic full of documents is emptied and unceremoniously ‘dumped’
in the nearest bin or recycling bag because it is ‘worthless junk’ that nobody wants.
WRONG! What priceless ‘treasures’ are lost when this happens. Perhaps letters home from ancestors who fought in wars,
bills and invoices from local shops, ledgers of now closed local businesses, minutes of meetings of various groups, friendly
societies, log books, attendance registers etc.
DON’T DUMP. Donate them to a Local History Society or County Records Office. Once lost, these items can never be replaced.
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