The society recently visited 'Eden Camp' at Malton in Yorkshire. The camp is a museum dedicated to the many conflicts that have taken place in the world over the years. During World War II it was a prisoner of war camp. Later an entrepreneur whose hobby was collecting military memorabilia purchased it. The site consists of 32 Nissen huts, each having a theme. Many are dedicated to those who lost their lives. Most of the huts evoke memories for those who lived in those dark days of our past. One purpose of the site is to educate our children, attempting to create the need for visual history. It is vital that future generations should be taught the importance of the contributions made by our country's men and women. It is a fitting tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, in order that we may all live in peace and harmony.
The experience seemed very moving for many in our party, although on the whole, I would have said that most enjoyed the visit. I listened to our members' comments and reactions as they walked around and a thought crossed my mind, "Why couldn't our society have its own Eden Camp?"
Your memories can be preserved for posterity, your family's records and achievements can be archived for the future. Family photographs of wartime heroes and heroines, those who served for their country, no matter in what capacity or rank can be shown and recorded on our own site.
I couldn't purchase a large enough area in Quinton on which to put 32 Nissen huts and our treasurer wasn't happy with the knowledge that the project in Malton had cost in excess of £250,000. So here is my idea for our Eden Camp. I have purchased a website entitled
The possibilities are endless and the cost will be kept at a minimum.
The site is now up and running. More information is being added as it comes in. You may say "Oh! I don't have access to the Internet". Well okay, when it's complete, or we have enough information, the project could be published in book form as well as on the Internet.
Now here comes the hard part, or is it? The site will only grow if you feed it with information. I already have memories and some photographs but I need more. I can think of nothing more fitting than preserving a member of our family's name for the future.
Dave Bradley, the society's military enthusiast, and Paul Baker, our website designer, are helping me develop this new project. However, it will not be a success without you, the members. I need your help. So get busy, sorting out those old wartime family photographs. I can arrange to copy them if you are not able to get them done> All you need to do is ring 0121-422-1792 or write to 15 Worlds End Avenue, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 1JF with the information. I would love to have the site up and running by the end of March 2005, at least with the site structure in place, some memories, photos etc.
If you would like to help or be involved please contact me, you know the number by now. Let's make this new project for Quinton something to be proud of.Bernard Taylor
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