In the review of the recent exhibition "Emsworth Family Histories", I noted that it showed us the "how" of history. The exhibition "Emsworth Historical Properties" had the same purpose and showcased some of the wealth of information to be found in the museum's archive. The first of the clear, eye-catching black-and-white panels stated the exhibition's objective: to "encourage the use of the archive by would-be and established researchers" and called it a tribute to two archivists who are retiring after more than thirty years of researching.

Proporties2Another panel gave advice on tracing a property when there were no names or deeds to help; then there was a copy of the 1838 Emsworth Tithe Map and helpful email addresses for finding such maps online. The next panel detailed the history of the building in the centre of the town which began as a chapel and later became the venue for meetings, lectures, social events and concerts; in 1912 it was turned into a cinema - "Town Hall Electric Pictures" ! In the 1950s it was a builders merchants'. It is now a popular cafe.

The history of several other distinctive buildings was given, including the Crown Inn (from 1665 onwards) and North Street House - better known as Emsworth Surgery - (from 1768). The final panel showed two buildings whose ownership history is not known; visitors were asked if they could help with any information about them. Last but not least, the display cabinets backed up the theme of the exhibition with a selection of books, pictures and photographs.


Pictures by John Tweddell: Top. Jan Butler, Maureen Barrett, Rowland Rogers and Wendy Bright.

Bottom. Clive Pugh with Maureen Barrett.