Southam Heritage Collection

This photo shows a mass gathering on Market Hill, Southam on a festival day in the early 1900's

The Southam Heritage Collection (previously know as Southam's Cardall Collection) contains over 4,500 documents and items relating to the history of Southam and the surrounding villages. In addition it houses the Alan Griffin photographic archive consisting of over 1,000 unique local photographs plus 450 glass plate negatives from the early 20th century.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Being a small volunteer run organisation we cannot guarantee regular opening hours however we are happy to open the collection on request to suit most requirements. Our current exhibition "Humour & Sentiment in WW1" will be open from 10 - 12 every Tuesday morning until further notice. Please send an email to cardallcollection@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01926 613503 for access outside of the above times.

Admission charges

There are no entry charges, however donations to help fund the work of the Collection would be much appreciated.

Getting there

Although our address is Market Hill, the entrance is just around the corner about 5 yards down Park Lane though a large black door.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
This picture shows the front page of the f;yer for the Abndages and Fresh Air illustrated talk - it includes a photo of a group of VAD nurses and a further one of wounded soldiers

Bandages and Fresh Air

  • 1 January 2015 — 31 December 2016 *on now

'Bandages and Fresh Air' is an illustrated talk lasting approximately 45 minutes and is based on a very successful exhibition about Southam's VAD Hospital and the nurses who managed it at the Southam Heritage Collection during 2014. It is a story that typifies the work of over 90,000 Volunteers in more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

There is a fee for the talk plus travel costs depending on distance from Southam. Contact Val Brodie on 01926 812179 or val.brodie@zen.co.uk for further details and bookings.

Ths picture shows the flyer promoting Southam Heritage Collection's activities to encourage people to share their memories of WW1.

WW1 Centenary Archive

  • 5 January 2015 — 19 December 2017 *on now

If you either currently live in Southam or the surrounding villages, or you have a family member who used to live here during the WW1 period, we would love to hear from you about any memories or artefacts you may have.

As a result of the success of our previous exhibition focussing on "Southam Women in WW1" we have had many visitors come to share their memories and we would like to extend this invitation to others. We are aiming to collate information over the next few years with the objective of designing another exhibition for the end of the centenary period to display much more material which we believe may never have been seen before.

Please bring your memories and artefacts along on any Tuesday morning between 10 and 12:00 to share them with us.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free admission

This picture shows one example of a delightfully embroidered card that would be sent home by soldiers at the front.

Dear Mother!

  • 22 January 2015 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Whether it was having a laugh, pouring out feelings in letters, opening parcels from home, or sending a fancy card to a sweetheart or a cartoon to Dear Mother – all these human expressions helped to keep body and soul together amidst the toil and repetitive work behind the lines, and in the devastating carnage of battle. This presentation is packed with both humour and emotion, it is richly illustrated and seeks to draw you through letters, poems, cards, music, and comedy into the anxieties of lives at home, and spirit of the young men facing terror abroad.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

There is a fee for the talk plus travel costs depending on distance from Southam. Contact Val Brodie on 01926 812179 or val.brodie@zen.co.uk for further details and bookings.

This picture shows the opening slide from the talk and shows an example of a Hunt gathering on Market Hill, Southam.

The Shaping of Southam

  • 22 January 2015 — 31 December 2016 *on now

This illustrated talk covers some of the people and events from the past 1,000 years that have helped make Southam the town it is. It attempts to show how Southam became an important market town and a major hub for South Warwickshire before Leamington Spa hardly existed. It also traces some of the reasons for Southam's relative decline.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

A small fee is required for the illustrated talk plus expense to cover travel from Southam.
Contact Bernard Cadogan at cardallcollection@Hotmail.co.uk or 01926 613503 for further details and bookings.

Getting there

Although our address is Market Hill, the entrance is just around the corner about 5 yards down Park Lane though a large black door.

Southam Heritage Collection
Basement, Vivian House,
21 Market Hill
Southam
Warwickshire
CV47 0HF
England

Website

E-mail

cardallcollection@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone

Chairman, Bernard Cadogan

01926 613503

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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