The Harbury Heritage Group has a new place to store its vast collection of historical documents and photographs relating to the village and surrounding area. The 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. It is intended to open on a more regular basis to give better access to the people of Harbury, other visitors are also most welcome.
Open evenings are usually every first Tuesday of the month. Access to the centre 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 sizeable 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.
The Harbury Heritage Group was formed in 2010 by Nigel Chapman, ex-deputy head of the local primary school, to find a home for the hundreds of old photos and documents relating to the history of Harbury, which had been gathered over many years by the staff of Harbury Primary School. The materials are used in the classroom when there are opportunities to investigate local topics.
It was felt that the collection should be available to a wider audience, so the Heritage Room was opened in 2012. A classroom was converted for the purpose. It was also used as a music room, group working area and meeting room when not being used as a resource. In 2020 it relocated to its current location. Visitors are invited to come and use the collection during opening times or to make arrangements for the room to be opened at a mutually convenient time. It is also open to coincide with various school open days or evenings.
The Harbury Heritage Group consists of a committee of around 20 people linked to the village. Their time is given gratis, and the room is entirely self-
A quick look at our catalogue database will give you some idea of the huge amount of material which is available for your perusal. We look forward to seeing you.
Available from the following outlets:
Heritage Room, Harbury Library or Harbury School.