President:  Norma Platts

Chair: Sandy Felton

Treasurer: Vivien Mautner

Secretary: Julie Peirce-Jones

Publicity: Chris Bratt

arnsidearchivegroup@gmail.com

 

Arnside Educational Institute

Church Hill Arnside, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 0DF

 

The Arnside archive group is a voluntary organisation based in the Arnside Educational Institute. Members are cataloguing and organising materials donated by local people, notably a large collection of photographs assembled by local historian Dennis Bradbury.

Our aims are  

  • To promote & encourage interest in and research into the local history of the Arnside area
  • To provide information & exhibitions for the benefit of the local community and visitors alike.                                                                                                                   
  • To record customs and traditions of the Arnside area and the impact of change throughout history.                                                                                                                    
  • To allow local people to donate memorabilia and documents relating to Arnside for preservation.                                                                                                      

We put on displays and workshops about specific topics throughout the year and carry out oral history interviews. Projects and events have included Tourism in Arnside, the history of schools in Arnside and Houses in Arnside.

We hold weekly workshops where new members can be trained to participate in archive activities, such as cataloguing and preparing exhibition materials and researching particular topics of interest.

Currently the workshops are held

10-12pm on Wednesdays

2-4pm on Thursdays

 

If you are interested in joining the group, come along to one of the workshops or contact us on arnsidearchivegroup@gmail.com

 

 

Our next exhibition commemorating World War One, will be on Nov 10th 2018

Arnside Maritime Exhibition July 14-15th 2018

This exhibition was put on by the Arnside archive group in the Arnside Educational Institute and attracted around 300 visitors during the weekend. More than 20 relatives of the Crossfield boatbuilding family travelled to Arnside from as far afield as Canada, Wales, London and Derbyshire to see the historic materials and to meet up with one another. New materials were added to the archive as a result and many new connections were made or recovered. Representatives from the Morecambe Bay Partnership project H2H as well as neighbouring local history societies were also there (Mourholme and Cartmel Peninsula). The exhibition began with displays about the wider context of shipbuilding and fishing in Morecambe Bay and a leaflet pointed visitors to a short walk around the village to see some of the historical buildings connected to the boatbuilding industry. There was plenty of information about the boats themselves, including the "Nobby" prawners, yachts and rowing boats. Arthur Ransome, author of children's book Swallows and Amazons knew Arnside well and his boat, Swallow, was built in Arnside by Francis Crossfield. The original Morecambe Bay lifeboat The William Priestley was also built in the village. Many of the boats are still in existence a testament to their quality and craftsmanship and can be tracked to distant locations. One was even taken to Tasmania. There was also a beautiful wooden model of a Nobby on display along with designs and pictures of the hand tools used to build the boats. Star of the show was the 1912 Crossfield built yacht The Severn which returned to Arnside in April this year and was in full sail on the estuary during the exhibition in glorious sunshine along with some of the small modern dinghies used by the Arnside Sailing club. The archive group is now working out how to make the exhibition materials accessible to people in a more permanent way. We will be launching a website later this year. Many people worked together to research and assemble this exhibition. It has been a real eye-opener and a genuinely emotional experience for the family members and others with first-hand memories of the boatbuilding industry. Much of the Crossfield boat-building story is already documented in local history books, including one by Dennis Bradbury founder of the archive, whose collection of photographs we drew on heavily for the exhibition. However, we think this is the first time this material has all been been drawn together to focus on the maritime and boatbuilding history of Arnside.

Mary Hamilton (FOR Arnside Archive Group)

 

A 106 year yacht old sails for the first time since returning to South Lakes Village

 

 

Severn sailing off Arnside with Grange-over-Sands in the background and Severn sailing at Arnside with Crossfield’s Boatyard in the background

Severn, a 106 year old yacht sailed for the first time last weekend since her return to Arnside, where she was built in 1912. Severn is one of ten Rivers Class yachts made for the Royal Mersey Yacht Club by William Crossfield and Sons in their Beach Walk Boatyard on the shore at Arnside. Crossfields were leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners and Yachts. Around 40 of their boats survive including two in the Mediterranean and one on the west coast of America. The oldest which was built in 1888 took part in Round Britain Challenge in 1888. Severn was purchased by Arnside Sailing Club with a help of a Heritage Lottery Grant earlier this year.

Alasdair Simpson for the Sailing Club said “I would like to thank everybody who helped get Severn ready to go into the estuary and the people that sailed her this weekend. It has been a real community project with a lot of different people contributing to the project”.

Over the weekend Arnside Archive Group also held an exhibition on the village’s maritime heritage. Historically the Kent Estuary acted as the port for Kendal. The village’s first yacht club was set up in 1852, making it the earliest yacht club in the district. Around 20 members of the Crossfield family came up for the exhibition. Mary Hamilton for the Archive Group said “The exhibition was a great success with around 300 visitors in two days. It generated a great deal of interest, both amongst people living in the village and elsewhere, with people coming to Arnside especially to see the exhibition. It was great to meet so many members of the Crossfield family at the exhibition.”

Alasdair Simpson for the Sailing Club said “I would like to thank everybody who helped get Severn ready to go into the estuary and the people that sailed her this weekend. It has been a real community project with a lot of different people contributing to the project”.

Over the weekend Arnside Archive Group also held an exhibition on the village’s maritime heritage. Historically the Kent Estuary acted as the port for Kendal. The village’s first yacht club was set up in 1852, making it the earliest yacht club in the district. Around 20 members of the Crossfield family came up for the exhibition. Mary Hamilton for the Archive Group said “The exhibition was a great success with around 300 visitors in two days. It generated a great deal of interest, both amongst people living in the village and elsewhere, with people coming to Arnside especially to see the exhibition. It was great to meet so many members of the Crossfield family at the exhibition.”

 

Further Information: Alasdair Simpson. Arnside Sailing Club, tel 01524 762386, alasdairsimpson2@gmail.com

Photos: Niall Johnson