'Accessioning'. Scanning items brought by visitors (Denys Ryder, Sue Zirps, Simon Mortimore) and indexing (Diana Rix and Rosemary Ryder).
General view of Hall with displays and visitors
House History panels, History Group member Tony Norman viewing.
Small children trying historic costumes
Mediaeval spinning (with costumes on stage behind).
Who do you think they were - visitors helping identify people in old photographs
Children were invited to complete a quiz with questions based on the Historic Houses display.
David and Hilary Hopkins demonstrating mediaeval spinning.
Ladies discussing the photos they have brought for archiving.
Visitors examining the House History screens.
General view with visitors signing in.
At the Open Day, a variety of displays and activities were available to visitors, free of charge. These included an exhibition of House History panels, three displays describing the Saxons in the Meon Valley project, scanners on which the memorabilia brought by villagers were recorded, historical costumes for young children to try on, an exhibition of old dairy equipment provided by local farmer Richard Jones, ’Who Do You Think They Were?’ – old photographs featuring people whose identity were not known – a timeline banner showing key dates, events and buildings in East Meon History, a demonstration of mediaeval spinning, and free tea and refreshments.
Almost 200 people signed the register, and more came to see their children participate in the Saxon re-enactment.