In a recent post I highlighted that there have been relatively few HLF-funded projects in The Fens so far. Some real gems have nevertheless been managed; one of these is The Family Adams Project which was delivered last year.
J H Adams, at 17 Main Street in the heart of Littleport, was at the centre of community life, serving residents and Cambridgeshire-wide customers for more than 100 years. Started in 1880, at its height this shop played an international role in the making of the world ice-skating championships whilst also selling all things domestic from screws and rivets, to paint brushes, pots and pans.
Last year, ADeC managed and delivered an exciting project to record the community heritage found in the shop. The project has brought together local people, schools, museums and artists to collect and preserve personal memories, stories and images of the village, creating an unusual public archive in the process. A great range of pictures of the shop and the project itself can be found at the Family Adam’s Flickr photostream site. See many more pictures and other great information on the Family Adams project’s dedicated website.
The below short video gives a good flavour of what the project explored and the authentic remains left in the shop:
Or watch here for the much longer (45 minutes) project documentary film, as previously shown on Community Channel TV:
Following this project, an exhibition is now touring around the county. After first showing in Wisbech, it can now be seen in Ely Library and can also be seen at the following locations:
- Ely Library 4 March – 25 March 2013 inclusive
- Denny Abbey 25 March – 6 May 2013 inclusive
- Cambridge Museum of Technology 6 May – 17 June 2013 inclusive
ADeC’s staff will also be leading on a project for the Ouse Washes landscape Partnership scheme – building on its extensive expertise in community art & heritage projects, they will be creating murals in various communities across the Ouse Washes area – more about this in due course.