LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
History Group Report -
History Group report to AGM April 2014. By R. A. Yorke.
Festival of British Archaeology As a contribution to this an interesting visit to the remains of Ravenmeols Subterranean Cold-
A second ‘Formby Asparagus Feast’ was held on Friday evening 31st of May as a contribution to the Formby Asparagus Festival held under the auspices of the National Trust, Formby. The event was held at the RAFA Club, Victoria Road Formby and with David Davis as master of ceremonies, was enjoyed by over 90 local people-
also feature in the new museum development opening in October 2014.
Local history archives. Now that we have finalised audit of the Sibley Collection and its index, we propose a review of the rest of the local history archive, much of which goes back to the earliest days of the Society. This is likely to be very time-
Sibley collection to the Atkinson Gallery!
History Group Programme. During the year History group meetings, held on alternating months between general meetings included ‘My work as a Local History Detective’ by S. Halliwell, ‘Classical Liverpool -
Local Heritage Listing’ ; English Heritage’s recently issued a ‘Good Practice Guide for Local Heritage Listing’ which will enable us to raise our profile on ‘local listing’ to “playing an essential role in building and reinforcing a sense of local character and distinctiveness in the historic environment, which will be used to identify significant local heritage assets to support the development of Local Plans, strengthen the role of local heritage assets as a material consideration in the planning process”. A preliminary list of ‘Buildings and Structures of Historical Interest’ within Formby is being compiled. This is a start of an interesting project.
Proposed ‘Ravenmeols Heritage Trails ’ website; an application for funding for this has now been approved. Noel Blundell and I have given a fair amount of thought to the possible use of newer techniques already being used successfully in other heritage areas. Finance for a new freestanding website, www.ravenmeols.org. has been agreed from the Sefton Coast Partnership Community Fund. The new website will have a balanced content of information regarding access, landscape interest, history, wildlife, etc., (with images). It will also provide a series of Trail Guides which can be downloaded, when planning a visit, onto iphone, ipod or similar device, or simply printed out. I had the pleasure of leading a 3 mile Ravenmeols walk for the Sefton coast partnership last weekend.
Placing a Commemorative Plaque, on Freshfield House, 95 Freshfield Road, Formby , the former home of Thomas Fresh, Liverpool's first Inspector of Nuisances and close colleague of Dr Duncan, after whom, Freshfield Station and then the surrounding area was named, is now with the full and kind agreement of the owners and finance from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health,going ahead . Medical historian, Norman Parkinson who continued the research started by ourselves gave us a most interesting update in December 2012, subsequently published in the Journal of Medical Biography. This would be the first such plaque in Formby. Consideration is also being given to an application for listing of the property and has also been discussed with Daniel Byron.
Proposed World War I ‘Home Front’ project. Finally I am interested to read about this project in the current issue of Local History News and am suggesting a trawl through the Formby Times copies on microfilm at Crosby Library to see what was happening here at that time. If anyone would be interested in participating in this project please let me know.
Formby Prehistoric Footprints. The successful publication by the society of a new illustrated booklet on the Formby Prehistoric Footprints, the culmination of many years work by well-
Talks; finally I have given quite a lot of presentations on local history topics to local organisations during the last year and am in the last few days I have been approached by the head of St Jerome’s school Cathy Monaghan to meet up with her staff to discuss how to develop an interest in local history studies at the school. They seem to be particularly interested in Ravenmeols.