History Open Day


Michael Blakstad for Meon Matters August 2013

All residents of East Meon are invited to an Open Day in the Village Hall on Saturday September 28th, 2.00 – 5.00pm. You won’t be asked to spend any money!

Do you have old photographs of family or village events? Newspaper clippings from before 1975? Letters, rent books, or your own memories of East Meon as it was forty or more years ago? Do dig them out and bring them along.

You may just want to know more about the village in which you live. You, too, will be welcome. East Meon has a great history – come and be part of it! The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this Open Day, which is designed to involve as many people as possible in the history of our village.

Thanks to the HLF grant, we are offering free refreshments , tea or soft drinks and cake (at least, as long as supplies last….) If you want to know more about the heritage of the village, we shall be mounting a Timeline of village history, and an exhibition of Historic Houses of East Meon. There will also be guided walks around the village, taking you round these buildings. We hope to persuade young children to come in historic costumes (prizes will be offered!), and older ones to follow history trails (more prizes …)

The History Group is also determined to record the ‘Living History’ of East Meon. Those of you who have family photographs, old letters or newspaper clippings, or any other memorabilia of life in East Meon pre-1975 are cordially invited to bring them along. We shall make digital copies of these and store them in the village archive. Those who can remember life in the village before 1975 will be invited to take part in audio interviews – we shall explain what is involved at the Open Day and, if you are willing, arrange to record an interview on a later date.

We also need help in identifying people and events shown in old photographs – like the ones on this page. We hope that some of you will want to learn more about life in East Meon in earlier times, possibly researching your family’s history, or the origins of the house you live in. Members of the History Group will help you in this research. We are discussing with the village school activities through which the children can become involved as well.

The Open Day is the tip of an iceberg which the Lottery grant is helping us construct. Under the surface will be an archive which will help anyone researching the history of the village and those connected with it, most of which will be available through www.eastmeonhistory.net. The grant is enabling us to purchase recording equipment, display screens and storage for old documents. We shall be able to print a pocket-sized edition of the Guide to Historic Buildings. The grant is a tremendous boost to the activities of the History Group, and we want as many residents as possible to be able to enjoy its benefits. Please come on September 28th!