Barby Local History Group
Meetings in the village are held in Barby Village Hall (Rear Room unless otherwise stated) and are normally free to current members of Barby Local History Group; visitors/guests are welcome (a donation of £2 per session is welcomed).
Details of forthcoming meetings and events may be obtained by contacting:
- Secretary: Ann Luntley, 23 Castle Mound, Barby, Rugby, CV23 8TN, 01788 890760
- Chair: Daphne Rourke, 1 Rugby Road, Barby, Rugby, CV23 8UA, 01788 890090
About Barby Local History Group
A small but active group, meeting once a month in the Village Hall, often with visiting speakers. The Group has been in existence for about twelve years. There is a growing collection of documents, photographs and artefacts relating to the village - including a redundant pub sign! The aim is to make the collection accessible to all.
In 2009 the group published a booklet called 'Putting Barby on the Map'. It focused on half a dozen periods in the history of the village, with the story illustrated by maps. In 2010 the publication won the Local History Award given by the Northamptonshire Association for Local History, at a Renaissance Heritage Awards ceremony. The booklet is now out of print, but is available in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire libraries.
Barby Local History Group won a Heritage Award in 2006, in the Special Event category, for the multi-faceted exhibition 'Back to the Forties', which filled Barby Village Hall with period memorabilia and recalled memories not only of wartime retrictions and ration-books, but also of the fun and festivities of that era. This proved to be an extremely popular and well-attended event.
The group's most recent exhibition was held in March 2011, when the focus was a celebration of Barby families and their homes. This was another very popular exhibition, at which a lot of information was exchanged between visitors and Group members.
It's not all feverish activity, though ... sometimes the members just relax together.
Another major project is already under way, to prepare materials for the 150th anniversary (in 2015) of the opening of the village school in 1865.
Work is also proceeding on a book of 'now and then' photographs - and the collection of photographs and documents (already carefully catalogued and indexed) is gradually being digitised so as to make the material available in easy transferable format.
Finally, the group is giving its support to a long-term project (currently still in the planning stage) to carry out archaeological investigations on Barby Hill, where it is believed there are traces of a settlement during the Middle/Late Iron Age (about 400BC-50AD). This will be reported in detail as the project proceeds - and it is intended that some members of the group will be able to play an active part and learn some interesting new skills.