Exploring – recording – Sharing

Dates for your diaries!

NEW Evening Session at the Pavilion – Friday December 2nd

Apologies for the delay, but finally we can confirm dates.  We will be at the Pavilion, joining them for their usual Friday social evenings. The bar will be open so please come along for a drink and a chat.  Based in the Trophy room of the Pavilion, we can introduce you to the archive and new website.  And bring along any archives that you may like to talk to about and hopefully share them with us on the online archive

Every 1st Thursday in the month Archive Workshops     Come along and get involved at any of the monthly sessions. You can either help continue to digitise and conserve the ever growing archive, contribute and share your own archives or carry out some research for us based on our archive items.    The Back Meeting room, Ropley Parish Hall 2pm – 4pm

Latest News

Septembers Archaeology Talk – Thankyou to all who came along.  It was very well attended. John Snow was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a subject that he dearly loves.       

Ropley School History Detectives!   This new school term saw six year 6 children becoming ‘history detectives’ working with some members of Ropley History Network and Archive who went in to the school to help them explore and investigate some of their local history.  They looked at evidence collecting and over the next few weeks will start to work on their own small projects using other new research skills. They will be uncovering facts from documents and online sources such as maps, archive record offices and genealogy websites that will help reveal and increase their knowledge of their local area. 

It is hoped that this local partnership will be repeated each term so that any children who are especially interested in history and would like to learn some extra research skills can have the opportunity to take part.   The history group members will also be involved in a local history spring term project with the school as part of the Key Stage 2 syllabus.

Can you help us? Information needed

Christmas in Ropley – have you got any photographs, documents or articles about past Christmas’ in Ropley and the locality that you would like to share with the Archive?  We would like to do a festive post for the website and would welcome contributions.

Ponds -We are writing a post about ponds in the locality and would welcome any information about their history.

Oral History recording and interviewing – We have the latest  recording equipment, with training available, to enable us to capture the spoken memories of people about Ropley and the area.  We are looking for someone who would be willing to undertake this valuable effort.  Can you help?

Oral History participants – Are you or do you know someone who is happy to tell us their memories of living in Ropley?  Or would you like to help with the recording of such articles. Please email if you can help or would like to contribute. 

Bottom Farm – We hoping to write an article about Bottom Farm, Soames Lane and would appreciate any information you may have about the farm it’s buildings or the inhabitants from the past.

If you can help, email us at ropleyhistory@gmail.com   or via the website.

Visit our Village Website and Online Archive

With nearly 1000 records already posted this ever growing source of historical information about Ropley and the locality is worth a visit.   View documents, maps and photographs and read posts and other articles about local notable people, the railway, old pubs etc.

Some new articles and some recent catalogue additions on the website

  • North Street Farm – An investigation about the recent history of the farm, it’s people and development based on a small collection donated to Tim Days village archive.  If you have any further information to add please contact us to share.
  • Jubilee Coin Trail – soon to available to download   This download will provide some interesting points about a few buildings of historic interest in Ropley and a map to guide you around the 2.5 mile walk.  Please note that the walk was originally aimed at children guided by adults, but anyone can enjoy it.
  • Methodist Chapels in Ropley – This new post has a brief history of the chapels. Tim Day has recently contributed more potential content  that should  be added  but needs further investigation and research.  If anyone, with an interest in the Methodist chapels in Ropley, or would like a project  – you don’t need to have specialist research skills – please let us know and contact us on our email.
  • Mystery Archive Photograph This photograph is taken on Armistist Day 1930 on the corner of Petersfield Road and South Street where Shelcott’s Stores used to be.  Can anybody help us with the names of any of these musical men?  Please go to the website to comment or add information about this archive 

Get involved – Please be encouraged to contribute your own articles or comment on anything that you see on website – we would love to hear from you.

To be involved with the archiving or to offer articles and information about Ropley’s history, please contact ropleyhistory@gmail.com   or contact and comment through our New Website   https://www.ropleyhistory.org.uk/          Also join us on Facebook   

Thank you for your continued interest, involvement and support.   Ropley History Network and Archive Steering Group

Supported by Ropley Society, Ropley Parish Council, Hampshire Archive Trust and also

By paulE