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Rowan Parker

Window Displays

From Friday May 24th until October, we have our summer exhibition of 2019 open for you to come and visit. This exhibition displays a large number of children’s toys and games, both commercial and handmade, dating back from the 1960s to Victorian days. It includes a series of posters telling the stories of many of these items, quite a lot of which have been kindly loaned by Southam residents in addition to those from the Collection. These much-treasured toys and games now seeing the light of day have been lovingly stored away by their owners as treasured memories of fondly remembered childhood hours when life was so much simpler. Come and see if your own toys are featured or remember who was on ‘Watch with Mother’.

It is an interactive exhibition with the opportunity to try your hand at bagatelle, learn the ancient hunt board game of “Fox and Geese” or challenge a friend with an old favourite such as ‘Snakes and Ladders’ or ‘Chess’, plus all our usual local history booklets and 200 Club tickets are available for purchase.

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 until late October. 

Admission free.

Contact us for group visits at other times.

On Thursday June 13th Southam Heritage Collection founder member Rowan Parker was awarded the Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) Individual Creative and Heritage Volunteer Award for 2019. Rowan, who celebrated his 90th birthday not too long ago, has been a member of the Management Committee and a Trustee of the Collection since the very start. He has taken a significant role in all our events and diligently attended virtually every Committee Meeting as well as putting in a tremendous amount of work on a weekly basis.

Rowan is a native of Southam and has actively participated in many groups in the town over scores of years. He has been Mayor of Southam twice, a long term member of the Southam Lions, a strong supporter of Southam in Bloom and participated in activities in many other areas.

The Trustees and Management Committee are absolutely delighted to see Rowan rewarded for his service to the town and we hope he will continue to be involved with the Heritage Collection for many years to come. Rowan currently helps with stewarding our exhibition on Tuesday mornings and if you want to know anything about Southam or anyone in Southam  Rowan is the man to ask. Congratulations and well done Rowan.

One of the many benefits of moving the Heritage Collection into Tithe Place is that it is now almost impossible for residents and visitors to miss catching a glimpse of some aspect of Southam’s History. However, you may not have realised it is now possible to see three different displays, two of them whether our main exhibition room is open or not and one for 24 hours each day.

This is all possible because we now have two very large windows and we are using these to display completely different aspects of local history from that on display inside our Exhibition Room. These windows are in the Atrium passage way on your way to the Library, Café or Activity Room in Tithe Place, and on the outside of the building just on the right of the entrance. Currently this latter window is in a bit of a cul-de-sac walkway but it is easily visible even from across the road.

We are aiming to change the displays in both windows on a 6 – 8 weekly basis (more frequently than our main exhibition) so there should always be something new for you to take a look at.  

Our latest display in the Atrium window features the Southam Twinning Association.  See here for additional details about the history of Town Twinning in Southam. Take a look at one or both windows next time you are passing.