The Village Archive

About the Archive

The popularity of TV series such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the evolution of web sites such as “Ancestry” and “Find My Past” highlight our fascination for the past. Our own community in Child Okeford and Hanford is no different evidenced by the success of the millennium book “Child Okeford: A Dorset Village” and numerable events and publications celebrating anniversaries with a “look back”.

The purpose of the Archive is to build, maintain and enhance a digital library of photographs, documents etc. etc. and certain data to enable easy and ready access for current and future generations whether it be to research their own ancestry or just interest in the community’s history.

The current initiative started in earnest in 2015 and many photographs, booklets, documents, posters, programmes, extracts from the parish magazine “The Hill” have already been digitalised. Certain data records such as censuses, birth and burial records have been transposed into “Word” based files to enhance access and enable an easy search mechanism. [Until these are published individually they can be found in John Housleys book “Child Okeford – end of an era” in the booklets section]. We also undertake specific projects taking an in depth look at particular aspects of the community’s past such as Hey Day, Footpaths, Beer houses to name but a few.

The following links give details of the documents we hold:

Booklets about the village.

About the Church

Posters of Village events.

Programmes of village events

Maps of the village

Sundries. [all the stuff that does not fit elsewhere]

Newspaper cuttings [under development]

Old Photographs [under development]


We have already posted a number of articles on local history on the site and each month we plan to publish articles, taken at random from the Archive, in the parish magazine “The Hill”. We plan to supplement these articles with further information on this web site. These posts can be found on the “This month from the archive” section of the main menu.

We would love to hear from you if you have any:

  1. Photographs and/or documents you think would be of interest to the archive.
  2. Interest in joining us with our work. Our set up is totally informal; generally working from home; and at our own pace.
  3. Queries about specific aspects of the community and/or those that lived here.
  4. Feedback or suggestions on this initiative

Please contact: David Pope 01258 861411 [email protected]




Page updated 15/05/2019

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