STUDLEY Local History Group is holding its annual Open Day this Saturday, April 27 at the Parish Centre in Needle Close.
It’s a great social event when many old faces meet up to reminisce about old Studley over a cup of tea and a biscuit and take a look at the displays of old photographs, documents, postcards, publications and various ephemera from the past.
Visitors can also take along their old photographs to be copied and added to the Studley Archive while copies of the display photographs will be available to buy on the day.
As well as the usual displays, local history book stall and Question and Answer opportunities, the day will also showcase the work of historian Maureen Harris and her project to digitise a collection of original English Civil War documents which, in the form of compensation claims, plot the devastation caused nearly 400 years ago as the warring factions battled their way across Warwickshire.
In addition, members of a local metal detectorist club will be on hand with some of their finds.
Not only that but the 1939 register for the whole of the Alcester Rural District Council area, which includes Studley and surrounding villages has now been transcribed.
This now gives unprecedented ‘census’ information for the period 1939 to 1960s, filling the gap created by having neither a 1931 or 1941 Census.
The full file can be searched at the Open Day and a name and location index has been added to the central index master.
It is also hoped that local families will contribute more data for the many redacted records, making the register even more complete.
The day runs from 12noon to 4pm, admission is free and all issues of the Studley Historian magazine will also be available.