Archive handed to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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The archive of Ilmington’s year long Diamond Jubilee Fifties project has been handed over to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for posterity.

‘The Fifties, Ilmington Remembers’ was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and involved collating oral histories of those who lived in the village through the first decade of the Queen’s reign; memories which were then encapsulated in a community play, ‘Magic Moments’, especially written by local playwright Mark Currey and which was performed to packed houses over the Jubilee weekend. An exhibition of local 50s memorabilia also drew over 450 visitors as well as a highly successful Jubilee 50s dance.

Ilmington School held a Fifties Tea Party to record the memories of their older village friends and performed A Fifties Christmas play of their own.

‘Magic Moments’ cast members Nicola Amphlett who played Dot and Andrew Trotman, who played George, delivered the archive to the Trust’s Collections Archivist, Amy Hurst.

‘It was a great privilege to perform in front of an audience who could recognise themselves in the characters we portrayed,’ said Andrew.

‘We had a cast of 43, aged 7 to 81 as well as a dog and a baby, and a live band that played and sang some 20 hit numbers from the period. It brought the village together and was certainly a Jubilee none of us will forget,’ he added.

A Thank You from Ilmington School

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you from everyone at Ilmington School for the fantastic amount of effort that the community put in to the children having a great Jubilee.

The exhibition was excellent and wonderful for us to see the changes over the last 60 years. It was also a fantastic play and amazing to see so much talent; the standard was superb, even by the youngsters. Well done, Colin and team. It has made us all very proud to be part of the Ilmington spirit, and was by far the best Jubilee ‘show’ for miles and by miles!

Sally Naish Head Teacher

Fifties Exhibition Draws a Crowd

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Hundreds of  visitors of all ages  flocked to Ilmington Manor to take a trip down memory lane at the Jubilee Exhibition. The event was regularly packed out, with an average stay of well over an hour as villagers recognised themselves and those they remembered from the display of photographs- and shared memories as they viewed an array of items from the era. 'We were delighted that 420 people signed the visitors book, and many more besides came along to enjoy the collection,' said exhibition archivist Wendy Nelson.

Find out more about the exhibition