My previous blog focused on the ‘Show and Tell’ event we had been organizing for the Lacock Community Archive and how we hoped it would encourage local residents to share their memories. We were particularly excited about the possibility of discovering photographs of the local area and identifying residents who had been photographed as part of Harold White’s propaganda project ‘English Villagers’ in the 1940s. This blog will reveal what we have discovered from that event and how we are moving forward with the Community Archive.
The photograph above is of Mr & Mrs Joseph Chamberlain of Lacock (from The Wiltshire Times, Saturday 8 January 1921) who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 1921. According to the article they had fourteen children, ten of whom were still living and forty one grandchildren and one great grandson. Mr Chamberlain was a carter and was employed for twenty-three years in that capacity at the George Inn. It is perhaps fitting, due to the recent election, that ‘Mrs Chamberlain was taken in her wheelchair to vote at the last election. Their was never a better argument in favour of women’s suffrage than her domestic history. It is the mothers who bring England up, and they know better than the men what is wanted from Parliament.’ This is perhaps a poignant reminder of the importance of voting which many people take for granted today.
The information concerning this newspaper article was provided by Keith Homewood, a descendant of Mr & Mrs Chamberlain, who attended the event.