Barton and District History Group

What the History Group Aims are and Plans for Going Forward

The Barton and District History group hopes to eventually make accessible the archives of Baysgarth Museum to the public, which include such things as redundant legal documents and files relating to local industries, such as Rawson’s candle factory and Collingwood’s soft drinks works (including some recipes). There are also papers of the Waterside Sports, Phillip Pape’s archive, material from the surrounding villages, railway archives and, of course, the Barclay papers that include the letters sent from the Western Front by Stanbury Taylor, heir to the Baysgarth estate, until his death at Ypres in 1917.  The first phase of this project is to catalogue what is in the archives so there is an accurate list available for the public.  The group also hopes that as we get established more and more local paper records will be donated to the archives so that it will provide an ever more valuable resource for historical research. The group hopes to work in collaboration with other local bodies such as Barton Civic Society and the local branch of the WEA, rather than in competition.

If you would like to become a member then you would be very welcome. The yearly membership is currently (2017) a very modest 5 per person (running from 1st April to 31st March) and this will help with running costs of the group and paying for speakers at the public meetings.  For more information please contact a member of the committee who will help with an enquiries you may have - but please mark the subject of your email "History Group Enquiry".

The committee members are:
Chairman        Linda Brown
Secretary        Peter Croton
Treasurer        Joan Barton

The Barton and District History group hope to hold a number of public meetings throughout 2017 and hope to eventually become the hub for local history studies in the area. 

For the latest details of this years talks please visit the inbarton twitter page @inbarton where all events and updates will be posted.

All talks are free for members, 2.50 for non-members. The talks for 2017 will be held at St. Mary's Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm (except 31st May).

Talks for 2017
29th March 2017 Alan Dennis - Lincolnshire Long Wool Sheep
26th April 2017 Paul Mann - The Beetons of Down Hall
31st May 2017 Richard Clarke - Guided tour of St. Nicholas Church, South Ferriby
28th June 2017 Keith Woodcock - Aviation WW1 and WW11
27th September 2017 Trevor Millum - Barrow Domestic Architecture
25th October 2017 Nigel Land - A Pictorial History of Barton Fertiliser Works


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