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Centenary Archive

2019 Calendar

Starting on Tuesday January 8th we will have our first exhibition of 2019 open for you to come and visit. This exhibition will tell some of the story of the Southam Fire Brigade since its very start.  The Exhibition will include a series of posters telling some of the stories of Southam’s firemen together with a number of items of equipment actually used by the local fire fighting team, including a real uniform, complete with helmet, axe and other items.

There will also be a video telling the history of fire fighting from Roman times and a book which you can purchase which tells the story of Southam’s Fire Brigade written by Alan Griffin, a one time member of the local service. 

In addition children will be able to dress up in a fireman’s coat, gold helmet and belt complete with fireman’s axe, and have their picture taken wearing it!

Come and take a look. The Exhibition is open in Tithe Place opposite Southam Library as follows:

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings 10:00 to 12:00 from January 8th. 

Admission free.

Contact us for group visits at other times.

We have created an archive of stories – a Centenary Archive – which formed the basis of our major WW1 exhibition during 2018. In the Centenary Archive we have included stories from people who had relatives living in and near Southam during WW1.

We researched:

  • Southam WW1 service men who lost their lives
  • Widows and orphans – how they remade their lives
  • The wounded and survivors – what the future held
  • Former Southam men who served in the Canadian and other armies
  • Nurses, VADs and medics from Southam
  • Patients from The Grange Red Cross VAD Hospital
  • Troops billeted in Southam pre Gallipoli in 1915

Click on Southam VAD Hospital and WW1 Centenary Archive to view the results of our research. Contact Val Brodie for more information and to share your details or call in on Tuesday mornings between 10 and 12:00.

For a number of years now the Collection has been producing a Calendar containing pictures of Southam streets, buildings and people from back in Victorian times right up to the end of the last century. Printing of these Calendars is supported by local businesses.

Sales have been higher this year than last but we ordered more from the printers so we still have a few copies left, but probably not for much longer.

If you would like a Calendar (A4 size) for yourself or a friend either pop round when we’re open or drop us an email before we run out to reserve your copy.

Available now from Southam Heritage Collection at Tithe Place, High Street, Southam, CV47 0HB for £5.00 (P&P £1.50 within the UK) – please make cheques payable to Southam Heritage Collection.