Chairman Mike Bundock welcomed members to the evening which he said was in a slightly different format this time, one which he hoped they would enjoy. The display of all the project work that members have been undertaking on shops, cinemas and war memorials in Herne Bay proved popular with an excellent attendance of members. The quiz with questions based on many of the items on display also gave everyone a chance to study the items in more detail. Margaret Burns, who is involved in the society’s William Street ongoing shop project, gave a short talk on the value of written and oral memories using Mabel Wright’s interesting contributions on her experience of working at Hulburd’s, which was a large department store in William Street, in the 1980’s and 1990’s as an example. She concluded by recalling some memories of the old street traders who used to be a common sight, such as the rag and bone man, the winkle seller, the door to door greengrocer and the butcher’s boy, and urged members to write down their own personal memories for the society and future generations.
Ian Tittley concluded the evening by giving a short visual presentation of the society’s own archive which is based in rooms in the Herne Bay Museum building in William Street. As well as showing a view of the actual space, cases shelving etc, he highlighted a selection of some of the artefacts and documents held. In his capacity as chairman of the newly formed Museum Trust, which has just been awarded the contract by Canterbury City Council to run the town’s museum, he emphasised the importance that volunteers would play in the organisation and urged members to attend the open evening at The Retreat Hall on March 27.
The next meeting, which will be the last indoor one for the season, will be on Thursday, April 2, at the Lower Hall, Herne Bay United Church. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Mike Bundock will be giving the annual Harold Gough lecture entitled Herne Bay in the Early 20th Century. This will be illustrated with many images from the society’s own collection. Visitors are most welcome £2, members free. For information on meetings or society projects phone 01227 366863 or email HBHRS@gmail.com
Herne Bay Gazette, April 2nd 2015