Harbury Heritage Group
The Harbury Heritage Group has a vast collection of historical documents and photographs relating to the village and surrounding area. The Harbury Heritage Centre, as it is now called, is located within the Harbury School grounds. The school has kindly donated the building for us to use out of school hours, the teachers and children have the use of it the rest of the time. It has the capacity to hold talks and exhibitions, as well as providing a hub for the local community. Visitors of any age are welcome from near and far so do pay us a visit.
Open days are every first Tuesday in the month, 7 to 9 pm and every third Sunday 2 to 4 pm. Entrance is via the Park Lane school entrance.
Refurbishment of the Centre would not have been possible without the generosity of several local organisations, including Harbury Parish Council, Harbury WI, Harbury Society and the people of Harbury who kindly donated to an appeal for funds. A sizable community grant from Severn Trent has been used for IT equipment, furniture and signage. J. Murphy & Sons Limited also gave freely of their time and materials to hard landscape the front of the building. To all of these sponsors we are extremely grateful.
Heritage Centre Information Booklet
Plan your visit to the Heritage Centre
Treasure Hunt well supported!
Our annual treasure hunt was well supported by all ages and the weather almost stayed dry!
Plenty of pirates about too : )
Awards and affiliations.
July 2020: Awarded a Community Grant by Severn Trent to help with the refurbishment of the ‘New’ Heritage Centre.
March 2021: Awarded a ‘Great and Valuable Services to the Community Certificate’ by the High Sherriff of Warwickshire Mr. Joe Greenwell.
We are associate members of the 'BALH' (British Association for Local History') and 'THE FRIENDS AT WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY RECORDS OFFICE'
Come on a village trail.
We offer groups the opportunity to come and find out more about Harbury and its history by taking small groups (maximum 20) on a ‘trail’ around the village.
Afterwards we treat our guests to tea/ coffee and cakes whilst relaxing, viewing our displays and exploring our collection of photographs and documents.
The charge is £5 per head. Get in touch if you would like to book a visit. Weekends and evenings are the preferred times.
Contact by email email@example.com
The photograph shows a local history group enjoying their tea during a recent visit.
New Photograph Scanner
The Heritage Group is extremely grateful to the Harbury Parish Council and Harbury W.I for granting us funds for a new scanner which will enable us to back up photographs and documents in our collection. If you have precious photographs of the village and its people, please bring them along to one of our open days and we will be able to scan them and return them to you at the same time. Left - Ann Mayer presenting the WI cheque.
New Publication from The Heritage Group Vice Chairman, David Turner
'The Story of the Harbury Enclosures' is our first publication for some time.
An A3, portrait, spiral bound book designed and produced by David Turner as a result of his extensive work on digitising the original 'inclusion' document held at the Warwick Records Office. The book includes some background information of the land owners as well as a redrawn map of the land distribution made by law in the late 18th Century.
Harbury is a village whose history is built upon agriculture and this document captures this important moment in time when common land came under ownership.
It’s well worth a look and we have copies of it in the Centre.
2023 Charity Calendar
We have donated £1000 to Myton Hospice for the sale of the 2023 calendars. The presentation was made at Heritage Centre on the 8th of March to Louise Carless the Myton Community Fund Raising Officer.
Lou is on the left with members of the committee and some of the artists. Tea and cake were enjoyed afterwards.
New Panel 'The Story of Harbury' outside the library
A new weatherproof display panel kindly funded by Harbury Parish Council has been fitted outside the library telling the 'Story of Harbury'. The panel, a shortened version of the ones in the Heritage Centre,, was designed by Vice- Chairman David Turner.
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