Aldbourne Heritage Centre
Exploring the Village Story

Collections

Firstly we would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has donated material of whatever sort. It all goes to form a more rounded picture of our villages past.

It takes a while to catalog new items, and even then we might not have a chance to put them on display immediately. But you may well be interested in know what has just been received, so we have set up a new items page.

In a similar vein we’re always interested to hear about new items that have been found in the village, maybe while you were digging in the garden, or walking down the edge of a field. Why not share the news with the rest of our village on the new finds page

In time we hope to digitise our collections, and will aim to have at least some of that online, hopefully varying the selection over time. But please be patient. It will take us a while to get there. When we’re ready to make a start we’d be interested to hear from anyone who would like to help up with that process. The benefit to you would be that you could be the first person to see the items. As well as digitising there is a lot of work to be done managing the collections, please do let us know if you’d like to help.

In the meantime we do have a catalog of items, which is summarised here.

In addition to our collections we have put together a page of external links that might be of interest to you.

External Resources and Links

Excavation Reports

In Recent years there have been 3 developer funded archaeological digs in the village. The reports are public.

Barnes Yard Valley View Lower Upham

Other Local History Groups

Ogbourne St Andrew Chiseldon

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Finds

We encourage everyone to share the interesting items they find. You don’t have to donate them. Just send a photo and description of what it is, and where it was found to webmaster@aldbourneheritage.org.uk and we’ll arrange to it to be shown here. If applicable we can let you have the details of how to …

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Helping With Our Collection

Currently we need help with cataloging and indexing …. if you think you could help us, please contact our curator who would love to hear from you.

We hope, fairly soon, to start a digitisation project, if you’d be interested in helping with that, please make contact with our curator. Maybe in the meantime you …

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New Items

As we keep on saying, we are truly grateful for all items that are donated to us and go into our collections.

If you think you have something of interest, please do make contact with us. The more items we have, the more we can share with the village, and the better our understanding of …

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Online Collections

As yet we have done only sample digitisations…

Sample Photo Gallery Page

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The Aldbourne Cup

The Aldbourne Cup is an early Bronze Age (Wessex Culture) cup with a lid, dating from c.1700-1500BC.  It was discovered by Canon William Greenwell when he visited Aldbourne in 1878 and 1879 and excavated a number of the Bronze Age barrows in the parish.  Both the cup and the lid are …

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