Local History Society News
Local History Feature 1 : Transport
Local History Feature 2 : Our Boat
Local History Feature 3 : Axis Collection
Local History Feature 4 : Barry Armorial Bearings
Local History Feature 5 : Saving The Past For The Future
Local History Feature 6 : Axis Historical Society Timeline.
Local History Hard Talk 1. : Rumour Control.
Local History Hard Talk 2 : The First Call For A Barry Museum?
Local History Hard Talk 3 : Local History Collection Protection.
Given the choice, how would you like to assist our society and it's aims?
Above : Barry And Cadoxton Local Board wire badge. c1888 - c1904. The Barry And cadoxton Local Board was the first official civic body established for our area. We have added the ten pence coin to grant you, the reader, an idea size.
This wire badge along with other items from our Barry local history Collection in the form of Photographs, documents and artefacts can be found free to view at our latest online venture.
Axis Historical Society - Barry Archive.
You will find the web site url for our Barry Archive pages within the contents of our second news item below.
Over the years Axis has shown many thousands of items from Barry and the surounding area at our local history exhibitions and comments from delighted visitors always inspired the more keen among us to do more.
So one can not help but notice the sudden upsurge in talk of Museum's and or Cultural Centres, which would prevent Barry's loss of identity.
Perhaps, what has been overlooked in such discussions is that our society has already built up a considerable collection of photographs, documents, and artefacts that relate to the history of Barry over the past 16 years, by useing exactley the same methods being suggested at present.
Over that same period our demand for display space has risen from that of 6ft table, to filling some of the largest halls in Barry. But sadly, we still have not had enough room to put our complete collection on show.
In 2000, we held the largest exhibition of Barry related local history material in decades.
Today, in 2009, the society local history collection continue's to grow. Please note that our society is proud of it's past record of achieving two first time successful applications for funding from National Lottery sources in support of our aims.
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New Axis Historical Society Online Venture
Do you have a genuine interest in the history of Barry and the surrounding area?
Want to see even more of the ever growing local history collection that our history society now holds?
If your answer is yes to both questions then check out our latest online venture. Axis Historical Society - Barry Archive. Where, over 200 items from our local history collection have been placed in image albums for your enjoyment.
To reach our new web site. Highlight the link below. Then simply copy, and then paste to your web browser. Press enter. And take a trip with us into Barry in times past.
Once you have viewed. Please feel free to contact us with any comments you may have on our latest venture.
Should you have any problems with the link supplied above. Use the e mail form left of page to contact me direct and I will see to it that an active link is sent to you asap.
Martin Adams B.A. History : Chairman. Axis Historical Society. Local History For Barry And Surrounding Area.
Below : Sail needles, part of a set once owned by Tug Boat Master, George Lloyd. George was Master of the Steam Tug Windsor at Barry Docks. He retired from his post in the early 1930s.
Axis Had Nucleus Of A Museum / Archive Available By 2000.
Thu, 01 Oct 2009
A Nucleus Of A Museum / Archive - Was Available By 2000.
We are pleased to see that other, (legitamate) groups in Barry have recently followed our lead by calling for the establishment of museum in Barry. Their call Only goes to support our 17 year campaign to promote the establishment of such an institution.
However, lets not be kidded by statements that a museum project does not need hard cash. Over the years we have taken on board the many kind words of advice passed to us by high ranking staff within the structure of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and others. And here is the problem.
To establish a museum along the lines of the N.M.G.W would in fact cost millions. Sure enough some innitial grants are available. But you can not keep going back to lottery sources time after time to fund it.
The cost would, in the end, be born by the local tax payer.
On the other hand. Something established on the lines that we wished to put into place, would have little or no impact on the tax payer.
As interested parties within the scope would support our efforts by voluntary contribution. We have tried tried and tested methods in macro, they would almost certainly work on a larger scale.
In most cases we have seen across the UK. It is the established history society in any one particular area that plays the key role in any local set up.
As for bringing a collection together by public appeal. Many local residents in Barry, may not be aware, that our society had established a local historical collection more than capable of being called a new nucleus of a museum for Barry, in under 10 years. using similar methods. Fact, a collection already exists.
In 2000 we demonstrated exactly that, by providing the largest mixed collection of phototographs, documents and artefacts that related to Barry to be seen on show for may years. Sadly, that was only one day event. But the huge potential for our collection could certainly be seen.
Prior our organisation had demonstrated time and time again, by way of small, medium amd large scale events to place our collection in Barry was feesable. But no one in authority listened. Each time the call was never heard.
However, what we did get, was steady stream of those who wished us to give our local collection, lock, stock and barrel to other bodies. It still going on. Let us put this matter into the perspective for the reader. If you had worked hard, saved to buy a new car and we came along to you tomorrow and said 'Give us your new car'. What answers would you suppose our society would get?
More than a little blue language I could suggest. And I would not blame you.
In the mid 1990s. Axis Historical Society acheived charitable status. So the collection of local historical material we have built up became even more important to us. It is the lifesblood of our society and charity. To give that which is the lifeblood of a charity away, would simply mean the charity had no purpous. In other words. No collection, no history society, no charity.
We ask anyone out there. Would you forfit the very asset that was the source of your being? We could suggest not.
Also be aware that we have met the 'The Good, The Bad, And The Down right Ugly to do with heritage in Barry.
We are fortunate, the Good have been very good. They are the residensts and companies of Barry and elsewhere that have supported our efforts.
On the other other hand, we seek to rid ourselves of the bad elements, who seek to undermine. Simply because we won't give away the lifeblood, the collection, that allows our society to achieve.
Thanks again to all organisations and individuals who have in recent times made calls for a museum establshment in Barry. For as we have said, it only goes to support what we have been calling for, for, 17 years.
Want to support our efforts? Want to help maintain our extensive collection? Volunteer with us. Anyone out there with a mediuum sized room in which our nucleus of a museum collection could be exhibited permanent? Help give Barry what it could have had by year 2000. Barry deserves better than to be starting from scratch. Contact : email@example.com Your comments on any of the above. Welcomed.