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Fielding and Platt Updates

Update from Ollie Taylor, 13 September

Hello everyone,

The Fielding and Platt project is going from strength to strength and we now have at least 20 oral history recordings! And you can hear what some of the visitors though of the recent Memory Day.

What we need now are volunteers who would like to help us edit the website so that the world can hear the fantastic stories of Fielding and Platt. The software is incredibly easy to use and full training will be provided at Gloucestershire Archives in its use.

There will be two training sessions. The first on Monday 24 September from 10.45 until 15.45. The second (which builds on the first) on Monday 8 October from 10.30 until 15.30. There'll be a 45-minute break for lunch (which will not be provided), however tea and coffee will be provided at breaks.

So, if you would like to learn new skills and contribute to an important local heritage project then please get in touch. Places are limited so if you would like to get involved then please contact me as soon as possible.

With all good wishes,

Ollie

Ollie Taylor
Project Officer
Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project
Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row
Alvin Street
Gloucester
GL1 3DW
oliver.taylor@gloucestershire.gov.uk
01452 427591

Update from Ollie, 29 August

Hello everyone,

I am writing to keep you updated with the Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project and to let you know about a couple of forthcoming events in September.

On Saturday 1 September, we will be opening a new exhibition about Fielding and Platt in the Gloucester Quays shopping centre. Naturally, you are all very cordially invited to attend the event which will begin from 10 a.m and close at 4 p.m. You are very welcome to drop in at any time throughout the day to see the exhibition.

If you can't make it then don't worry, the gallery is free and will be open to the public as from Saturday until further notice. It is located in the shop unit next to the Puma store and its Fielding and Platt signage will be easily recognised by you! To mark the occasion, we are holding a family fun event there, too, which will include an actor from Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company bringing to life various characters from Fielding and Platt's past. He will give two performances on the day, the first at 11 a.m. and the second at 1.30 p.m. All activities are free.

The following Saturday (8 September), we will be holding a Fielding and Platt "Memory Fair" in the building next door to the Waterways Museum (what was, formerly, Coot's Cafe), which you are all again most cordially invited to attend. Visitors will be able to see exhibitions of archival images and hear the Fielding and Platt engine running in the Engine House next door. There will also be a chance to see a demonstration of the new Fielding and Platt History website and see some short films about the company.

Those with memories or memorabilia concerning the company are also encouraged to bring them along to share with the Fielding and Platt Community Archive project and other visitors. The event is free, begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., and you are very welcome to drop in at any time throughout the day.

So, I very much hope to see you at one or both of our events in September and hope that you enjoy the gallery at your own leisure should you not be able to make either event!

And finally please do spread the word about these events and the gallery to anyone you know who may be interested in attending!

With all good wishes,

Ollie

Ollie Taylor
Project Officer
Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project
Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row
Alvin Street
Gloucester
GL1 3DW
oliver.taylor@gloucestershire.gov.uk
01452 427591

Update 23rd July

Ollie Taylor, the Project Officer, tells us that over 75 former employees came forward to be interviewed at the Great Gloucester Story Day and a huge amount of original archive material was donated and deposited. These included unique personal photographs of company life (both in the factory and in leisure time), indentures of apprenticeship, as well as rarer items such as a Fielding and Platt ARP badge from the Second World War.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in being an oral history interviewer or website editor Ollie would very much like to hear from you: he will provide full training and support (and promises that both roles are easier than they might sound).

His contact details are:

Ollie Taylor
Project Officer
Fielding and Platt Community Archive Project
Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row
Alvin Street
Gloucester
GL1 3DW
oliver.taylor@gloucestershire.gov.uk
01452 427591

Last edited: 9th January 2013