Anyone visiting Weston Museum over the last week will have noticed the vibrant colour change on the wall of the community gallery showing that we’ve installed a new exhibition.  Our latest exhibition is all about the Uphill Village Society.

The society exists to preserve, promote and enhance the character and interests of the village of Uphill. Volunteer Chris has spent most of the last three months researching content for the exhibition and putting it all together. He’s certainly done a sterling job!

The volunteers from A1 Camera Club have been hard at work photographing key landmarks around the village such as the church on the hill, the boat yard and the school and comparing these with old photographs from the society’s archive.  Many of these images can be seen on the Touch Screen interactive as well as oral history interviews with key individuals who have played significant roles in village life.  Keith from the A1 Camera Club said, “John and I have had great fun with this particular project.  Finding some of the locations has been quite a challenge and a real voyage of discovery”.

Perhaps the biggest contributors to the project have been the children from Uphill primary school.  They researched the lives of soldiers serving in World War 1 who lived in the village, as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project, ‘Uphill Remembers’.  The Touch Screen has a village map showing where every serving soldier lived, along with historic photographs of them.  The dead are also remembered on the village war memorial, a poignant reminder of those local men who fought and lost their lives.

There is a lighter side to the exhibition too.  Photographs of the annual scarecrow festival can be seen (my favourite is the witch on top of the windmill!) and the display case has a collection of plastic ducks from the duck race.  A model of the church of St Nicholas made out of matchsticks, takes pride of place inside the case.

As always there are so many people to thank in the making of this exhibition: Chris, Frank and Lesley (museum volunteers), John and Keith from the A1 Camera Club, Councillor John Crockford-Hawley, Samantha Hodder head teacher of Uphill primary school, Graham Venn, Stewart Castle chairman of Uphill Village Society and the committee members and last but not least, the people of Uphill village.

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by Jane Hill, Community Liaison Officer