Council Grant to Launch Hethersett Archive

Council grant to launch Hethersett archive website will bring village history to life.

The history of Hethersett is being brought alive thanks to a £1350 grant from South Norfolk Council. The grant will fund the launch of a new Hethersett Archive web site providing the public with more information and access to historical documents.Grant-image

Hethersett archive contains thousands of items including minutes, press cuttings, maps and many other items of significant historic importance. Village archivist Gary Wyatt said: “The Hethersett archive is a collection of historic documents, photos and artefacts covering the history of the village back through several centuries.

“The archive has been professionally catalogued in recent years and this catalogue is available on-line.However, the existing website does not allow the catalogue to be easily searched, nor is there any facility for providing images of archive items for study on-line.”

The grant, which has been topped up by £150 from Hethersett Parish Council, will allow a complete rebuild of the web site to make it more intuitive and user-friendly.

“This will make it much more convenient for residents and other interested parties, no matter where in the world, to view archive material. Although only a small proportion of the archive items have so far been digitised, this process will continue and will be made available on the new website as soon as possible.

“I am very grateful to South Norfolk Council, Hethersett Parish Council and local district councillor David Bills for their support,” Mr Wyatt added.

David Bills said that the new site would help to safeguard the legacy of past generations.

“It will be available so that people of all ages and from all over the world will be able to learn about the history of Hethersett from a very valuable resource,” he added.

The new site will also contain links to other archive sites in South Norfolk and is likely to be available from early Spring.