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, the former temporary classroom in the school grounds. 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 and other village events.
The Harbury Heritage Group consists of a committee of around 12 people linked to the village. Their time is given gratis, and the room is partly funded by money raised through voluntary contributions, and sales of booklets etc relating to the village. Our most recent publication is “Let’s Go Shopping In Harbury”, which details the story of shops in the village over the past 100 years or so. We hold a village treasure hunt annually and we produce a calendar, with paintings by local artists; profits are used to improve the collection and a donation is made to Myton Hospice (£1000 in 2023).
We are always looking for volunteers to come and join us, helping to preserve Harbury's Heritage. Contact us if you are interested.
A quick look at our catalogue will give you some idea of the huge amount of material which is available for your perusal. We look forward to seeing you.