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Chard Revealed – Explore the History of Chard

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Look back at the amazing history of Chard at Chard Revealed – a free, two-day event held at The Guildhall, Chard on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July.

Organised by South Somerset District Council, in partnership with Chard District Museum, the event will feature a range of activities and exhibitions covering the history of Chard’s High Street Heritage Action Zone and surrounding areas.

This will include:

  • historic photos from the museum’s archives and members of the community
  • drop-in art and photography workshops
  • heritage walks
  • museum artifact displays

There will also be opportunities to share your own stories and photos of Chard, so please bring along any photos you wish to be included. Original photos will be scanned and a virtual copy will be added to the museum’s archives. Any stories you wish to share can be recorded for the museum’s ‘oral histories’ collection.

Two fantastic, local artists from Somerset Art Works will be in attendance to host activities and talk about their projects. Attendees can take part in arts activities organised by Anna Chrystal Stephens, lead artist on the ‘Water Histories’ project or join Jenny Melling, leading artist for The Banner of Chard, and share in the story of the banners on display in The Guildhall.

The knowledgeable museum staff and volunteers will be on site throughout the event to answer any questions and discuss the town and its history.

Cllr Jason Baker, portfolio folder for Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone, said “Community is a key part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone. The Chard Revealed event is a great opportunity to engage people in local heritage, learn more about Chard’s past and celebrate our beautiful, historic high street.”

Howard Bailey, Chard Museum, said “The Museum is excited to be part of this event. While it’s an opportunity to share many images from local historians, Jeff Farley and Craig Hussey, it is also a wonderful opportunity for Chardians and others to come along and share their experiences and memories for posterity.”

The event runs from 10am-4pm each day and a timetable of events is available here.

High Streets Heritage Action Zones

The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/regenerating-historic-high-streets/

Historic England

We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

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