Victoria County History
Maintaining progress across three areas of the county – Cheltenham, Cirencester, Yate and the Sodburys – relies on continual fund raising, so that we can employ experienced researchers to work alongside our valued (and valuable) volunteers. In February we were lucky enough to be able to hold an event at Cheltenham Town Hall, thanks to the generous support of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire. Around 50 people bought tickets to the event. John Chandler, our former County Editor, described the background to the VCH and talked about our work in Cheltenham. He was followed by our Cirencester editor Katy Layton Jones, who used the example of the post-war Polish resettlement camp between Daglingworth and Baunton to demonstrate how a significant recent event in a community's history can leave little visible evidence on the ground.
Sadly Katy has now left us to take up a role with the Open University.
We're continuing to post drafts of our Work in Progress on the VCH Central website www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/gloucestershire/work-in-progress. We welcome comments on these, so do please have a look and let us know what you think.
If you are interested in finding out about volunteering with the VCH, do contact me.
Jan Broadway, VCH Co-ordinator