Archive in bid for Aviva community funding

The Reepham Archive has applied for a grant of £1,200 from the Aviva Community Fund and needs your support.

Created in 2013 and located in the Bircham Centre, the Archive has a large, varied and ever increasing collection of old documents and photographs, and is working to preserve these for the people of Reepham.
Archive volunteer and chairman of the Reepham Society Mike Cowdrey said: “In our first year we’ve achieved a lot. Photographs are being ordered and digitalised, our manuscripts and documents, some more that 200 years old, are being conserved and transcribed so that they can be easily read and searched.
“From these resources we are compiling a searchable index of names and places so that research into family and property histories is made easier.”
With so much going on the Archive has reduced its opening times to the first Saturday and Wednesday of the month from 10 am – 12 noon; at other times by request.
Mr Cowdrey explained that the Archive does not have the specialist archival software that would enable these pieces of Reepham’s history to be organised onto a database that could be searched online from anywhere in the world.
“Our bid for a grant from Aviva is to pay for this, but we desperately need your support,” he said.
Each competing project needs to be supported, and Aviva will only look at projects that have a high number of votes.
Add your support to the Reepham Archive’s bid by registering at:
“You will be given 10 votes,” Mr Cowdrey continued. “Please give them all to the Archive project, as we need every vote.
“And if you have already voted, but didn’t give us all your 10 votes, please go back onto the site and give us the rest. Please ask friends and relatives to do the same.
“Putting the Archive online will help to put Reepham on the map and provide a really valuable resource for education and research, but it stands no chance without your 10 votes and those of everyone else who cares about our town.”
The deadline for voting is 30 May.
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