Southam Heritage Collection contains approximately 10,000 important artefacts, documents, photographs and recordings relating to the history of Southam, its people, and the surrounding villages. It is currently housed in the basement of Vivian House on Market Hill, but is planned to move to the Tithe Place Community Hub on Southam’s High Street in late 2015 or early 2016.
Southam Heritage Collection incorporates The Cardall Collection started by the late Jack Cardall and enhanced by his widow Rene until her death in 2007. It also comprises the Alan Griffin Photographic archive, the writings of Trevor Rogers, Jim Fitchett and others, extracts from Southam Library’s local history archives and many other significant donated items. It also includes a growing collection of oral history recordings made by local people.
The group known as the Friends of The Cardall Collection was established in 2006 with the primary aim of finding a permanent home for the Cardall Collection. Since then its role has expanded as the Collection itself has grown.
The Collection’s programme of exhibitions provides an interesting attraction for visitors to Southam and is also a valuable resource for people living in and researching the area. It has a role in informing and inspiring educational and community institutions and it provides people of all generations with an opportunity to develop and exercise skills in support of their community.
The Collection belongs to the people of Southam and is managed by Trustees and a team of volunteers. Their work is funded by donations, small grants, membership subscriptions, fundraising events and the sale of books and small items. This has helped them acquire equipment to support their community outreach work and to carry out conservation and documentation work.
For more information, visit http://southamheritage.org