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HGSHS 284th Flower Show                                                The Suburb’s new Virtual Museum

                                                                                      On October 29, shortly before   houses are sold and cleared out.  Steve Morris, who is well-known
                                                                                      Suburb News arrives on your   In 2017 there have been two   for  establishing  both
                                                                                      doorstep, Patron Martin Bell will   great finds – the photos show   and the much-used e-mail forum,
                                                                                      launch the HGS Heritage Virtual   parts of the three-metre drawings   the HGS List, some years ago.
                                                                                      Museum on screen at Fellowship   made in the 1920s and found   The Virtual Museum is an
                                                                                      House and on the internet at   recently in the unused hut   ever-evolving project available to
                                                                             The   behind Fellowship House, and   all worldwide. Importantly, it
                                                                                      Mayor and Mayoress of Barnet,  turn  to  page  5  for  last  month’s   enables instant access, using the
                                                                                      Councillor and Mrs Salinger, and   finds in a 1913 bottle hidden in   tools of modern technology, and
                                                                                      other dignitaries will be present,  the spire of St Jude’s – photos of   lends itself to continual updating
                                                                                      together with representatives of   both are in the Virtual Museum.  as  memorabilia  are  brought  to
                                                                                      key local organisations that have   Hampstead Garden Suburb   HGS Heritage’s notice.
                                                                                      contributed from their records,  Heritage, the incorporated charity   With the launch in place,
                                                                                      led  strongly  by  the  HGS  Trust   that has created the Virtual   HGS Heritage intends to encourage
                                                                                      and HGS Archives Trust.    Museum, was established by   local people, and organisations
                                                                                         Unlike Letchworth and some   resident Simon Abbott with   that are not yet involved, to track
                                                                                      other Garden Cities, the Suburb   some others in 2011. The charity   down, register and even donate
                                                                                      does not have a museum of its   is an umbrella organisation for   the Suburb’s memorabilia, so
                                             JAMES ROBBINS
                                                                                     JAMES ROBBINS
                                                                                      own to preserve the many   many of the Suburb’s organisations,  that they are not lost for posterity.
                                                                                      artefacts, photographs and other   societies and religious institutions.  If you would like to be part of
                                                                                      documents  relevant  to  its  In 2013 it obtained a grant of   this  project,  to  donate,  curate,
                                                                                      foundation, and its history to the   £5,000  from  the  Residents  register your organisation, etc.,
                                                                                      present day. Records are scattered   Association’s Centenary Fund   please get in touch. E-mails can
                                                                                      across many different institutions   with subsequent grants from a   be sent to
                                                                                      and many are still privately owned   charitable trust, although the   Available resources, including
                                                                                      by local Suburb organisations as   genesis of the project was some   volunteer students from Henrietta
                                                                                      well as by individual residents.   years earlier when a committee   Barnett School who are scanning
                                                                                         Additionally, there is no single   drawn from many of the Suburb’s   and indexing old issues of Suburb
                                                                                      location where students of   most important organisations   News in an on-going project, have
                                                                                      architecture, the history of the   and societies came together to   been concentrated on a manageable
                                                                                      built environment or the Garden   search for a local site for a   number of organisations and
                                                                                      City Movement, or researchers   physical  museum  and  visitor  ‘objects’ shown in the museum,
                                                                                      and visitors from home and   centre. This remains a long-term   but to facilitate an expansion of
                                                                                      abroad, can easily study the   objective, but the need to record   the display the recruitment of
                                                                                      Suburb and its origins. Without   artefacts before they disappear,  volunteer curators has begun, and
                                                                                      a museum, important artefacts   and to provide modern on-line   more  are  encouraged  to  apply.
                                                                                      and papers, especially those still   access, has led to the Virtual   Heritage therefore has a protocol
                                                                                      in private ownership, remain   Museum. It uses available software   in place to enable quick approval
                                                                                      unknown or may be lost as   under the direction of resident   to new entries on its webpages.

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