Winsham Web Museum - a new approach to recording village history
The Winsham Web Museum Launch Weekend
An account of our two-day event will bring us up to the present time - June 2002. Can we really have achieved so much in just under eighteen months? It doesn’t seem possible. You could do the same. All it takes is a bit of enthusiasm. It’s not like getting to the Moon!
Our weekend event took quite a lot of organising and took place on the 24th and 25th May 2002. Its objectives were as follows:-
The result was one of overwhelming success, in terms of all objectives.
David Laws, our MP, opened the event supported by various important people in the community, which included the Chair of the District Council, the Leader of the District Council, the County Historian, the Chairman of Winsham Parish Council, the County Museums Officer, the District Council Museums and Heritage Officer and, it is estimated, over a hundred people from the Parish.
During the weekend over three hundred photographs and documents were scanned, with promises given for lots more.
Press & Radio coverage was extensive, which resulted in a sharp increase in ‘visits’ to the web site.
Display Units were loaned to us by the SSDC Museums Department, which helped greatly in enabling us to get the Web Museum story across.
Further mention must be made of the role played by the South Somerset District Council's Museums and Heritage Department who willingly gave so much help. This ranged from advice on matters of copyright and other legalities to museum layout and indexing. If you consider building a community museum on the Internet such help will greatly aid your overall effectiveness.
Now we are very busy incorporating this material into the site, a task that will not be completed fully for several months, and maybe longer. Almost daily the site increases in size. It already contains some eighty megabytes of information.
Page created 2002