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Archive for August, 2011

The clubs and societies that operate in the local area can be a valuable source of social history – if they keep an archive of their activities.

Whether it’s a sports club or  a gardening club, a youth organisation or a Mothers Union, the photos, records and memories of their activities form part of the local heritage.  We have two examples of this with collections from Freeman Memorial Church and Bletchley Swimming Club.

Games evening at Freeman Memorial c.1950s

We’d like to know if any current groups maintain an archive – perhaps we could help to arrange a display of images at Melrose Avenue Resource Centre (MARC).  Old photos always generate a lot of interest and can help to raise the profile of an organisation.

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Bletchley’s RAF camp

We’ve recently had a request for photos of the old RAF camp that used to be at Rickley Lane.  But we don’t have any.  Do you know of anyone who does? 

The camp was occupied for many years after World War II and had sports  teams and a talented drama group that gave performances to enthusiastic audiences.  There was even a regular report of camp activities in the Bletchley Gazette.  I know a few of the service personnel married locally and settled in the area.

Local map showing the camp near Bletchley Park in 1956

The camp disappeared to make way for housing development as West Bletchley grew to accommodate the people moving here to work in the new factories that were springing up around the town.

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