Raglan & District Archives

Raglan Village Hall Association (RVHA), is raising money to build a Village Hall for community use. All groups around Raglan District have been invited to submit requests for space their needs. As one of our objectives is to encourage the study of local history we submitted the following request:

Raglan & District Local History Group

Established in 1955, the objects of the Raglan and District Local History Group are to encourage the study of local history and further research into the subject. These objects are pursued by means of meetings, lectures, visits to historical sites, publication of articles, exchange of information and organizing activities to encourage the aims of the group. We also sponsor the Horatia Durant Annual Essay Contest for students at Raglan Primary School and lead an after school club called “History Detectives”. Our funding is via subscription and donations. We are a voluntary organisation.

We welcome the proposed Raglan Village Community centre as it will enable us to expand our remit to provide a place where people can research their family history as well as share their memories and memorability of Raglan District life. In order to achieve this goal we would need a dedicated R&DLHG Room.

The history group has a large collection of Raglan historical information in various guises, perhaps one of the largest local history collections in the county. In addition, there is some material pertinent to the castle. In addition, residents (as well as previous residents) have attics of artefacts of local life in our district. There is a danger that in time these artefacts could be lost or dispersed if the village does not take action. The annual essays (Horatia Durant Prize) written by our school children over the last 30 years are another source of information of people and places around our village.


A working-room is required for the storage and display of the archives, books, objects and documents relating to the history of the village of Raglan and the surrounding parishes.

1 The room would require lockable cupboards, lockable glass-fronted cabinets, map cupboard, book shelving, angled folio-shelving and notice boards.

2 The room would provide space for interested people of all ages from around the world to explore (and contribute) to achieving our mission. Specifically we would require space for small groups. Furniture would need to include one or two tables and a desk along with chairs plus a comfortable sofa or two easy chairs.

3 The room would provide Internet access to local historical information located on-line, through websites including: “Raglan Local History Group” (http://raglan-history.org.uk/), “Raglanpedia” http://www.raglanpedia.org.uk/wiki/Main_Page and “Raglan Domesday” (http://rlhg.wikifoundry.com/). Our needs include: Computer points, Wi-Fi access, and any additional lighting as appropriate.

4 The room could mount also our 6 R&DLHG Display Panels and could be used to store the Projection Equipment and the like.

5 The room would hold the collection of essays written by winners of the Horatia Durant Memorial Prize, established in 1984, in memory of the Raglan Local History Group’s first President. We have a unique library of over 150 projects of local history as seen through the eyes of our children. These essays have provided an important contribution to our community as well as providing an opportunity for young people to study our local history.

6 Finally, local history could be celebrated in the entrance to the Community centre, for example:

a. Walls could display the 6 village history-panels (each panel is 20 x 28”), which for a time were displayed in The Ship Inn and the ‘Parce Painting’, together with other pictures held by the history group

b. A large Digital Photo Frame with a rolling selection of historical people, places and activities from our archive can be mounted in the public area.

C Morgan 2014