Researching and archiving the history of Leek Wootton & Guy’s Cliffe Civil Parish
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The Anti-Aircraft Battery at Goodrest Farm
Since 2011 the History Group has been working with the Friends of the Anti-Aircraft Battery at Goodrest Farm (FAAB@GRF) towards preserving and promoting the World War II Heavy AA Battery at Goodrest Farm, Rouncil Lane, which is within the parish boundary of Leek Wootton & Guy’s Cliffe.
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Doreen - Portrait (B&W) Square2011-2013:
Doreen’s Diary: The life of an indomitable woman in Warwickshire During World War II
In 2004 a number of diaries belonging to Doreen Wright were discovered. The diaries cover the period of May 1940 to December 1942 and provide a fascinating insight into her life during the War, whilst living with her parents-in-law at Wootton Court (now The Hayes) in Leek Wootton.
The Doreen’s Diary project was supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, which led to the publication of not only the diaries, but also a learning pack for schools. We also developed an oral archive of wartime experiences, a reminiscence book and held a number of events including a School Super Learning Day, World War II Walks, exhibitions and workshops.
Find out more about the Doreen’s Diary project
Warwickshire County Council’s Outside the Box Project
The Waller collection was deposited at the County Record Office as a loan by Lady Viola Waller during the 1940s and 50s. It was put up for sale by the descendants of the Waller family in October 2005 and the County Record Office purchased the archive in 2007, with help from various funding bodies, local groups, organisations and individuals.
The Outside the Box project was created in order to coordinate the purchase, care and use of the collection and ran until the end of December 2009.
Find out more at the Warwickshire County Record Office website