Local History Group

2017 – WAKES WEEKEND – Saturday 24 June in the village hall

Now in its second year, the History Group will be in the village hall on Saturday 24 June (one day only). In addition to a new fireproof cabinet and an A3 scanner (see below), we now have an online, searchable, database that will be available to anyone with access to a computer. This will be on display and demonstrated, with other historic records on display, such as family trees, registers and census information.

We will also be joined by Matthew Blake from Staffordshire Record Office, who will be bringing along some items from their archive collections and be available to take questions about Staffordshire records in general.

Do come along to see our new tools and, if you have any documents, photos, film/video or artefacts that you think may be of interest, do bring these along for scanning or secure archiving.  We are particularly keen to gather memories and photos about village people (weddings, etc), schooldays, the shops(s) and the church.

We will be in the hall from 11.00 – 4.00.  Entry is free.  Refreshments, including cakes, will be on sale.  For more information call Susan Wilding on 01335 310025.

General information about the Group

The Alstonefield Local History Group (ALHG) was re-established in 2016, continuing the good Alstonefield Memories - image of book coverwork of an earlier group, the Local History Society, which published the book Alstonefield Memories*.

The aims of the ALHG are, in short, to capture and collate the history of our village for the future. (Full details can be found in our Constitution on this link n.b. this is a PDF file.) From time to time, exhibitions, talks or other presentations take place, to engage and inform those with an interest in the history of the area.

There is some general information on the history of the village in the About Us section of the site here. You can also find information on village family history including links to detailed information on church headstones, memorials and the wartime remembrance books here.

A key priority for the Group is the digitisation of documents, photographs, videos and oral Fireproof cabinetmemories, to limit, as far as possible, the loss of historic information that exists in the area. We also want to provide a secure local repository for documents or other items that people are willing to donate or loan, whilst keeping in mind the extensive archiving services also provided by Staffordshire Records Office (which we particularly do to wish to duplicate or detract from). Any documents or small items retained locally are kept in a specially-purchased fireproof cabinet. A database of all items is maintained, such that information can be readily-accessed using a variety of search methods.

So we are pleased to receive – or discuss options for – any items for potential loan or deposit; or documents that could be copied/scanned and preserved in a digital format. If you have anything that you think would be of interest  to the group and are able to scan it yourself, please do so and e-mail it direct to submissions@alstonefieldhg.org.uk. All items should be fully labelled, including who, what, where and when. Scanner If you do not have the facility to scan items yourself, then please contact Gordon Campbell on 07919 353 800, who will arrange for the items to be scanned on your behalf. Please note we own a dedicated scanner that can scan from above a variety of documents up to A3 size, so there is no risk of damaging the spine of books etc. during the process.

We also have a Facebook page, to which information, photos and documents will be published from time to time. Do visit the page and follow what we do.

*published jointly by the Alstonefield Local History Society and the Alstonefield Commemoration Group.