Whitby Heritage Centre
Whitby Archive Heritage Centre is an exhibition of historical local photographs and artifacts. It is a non profit making organisation and proceeds raised are used to continue raising awareness of Whitby’s heritage within the community.
Since 1983 Whitby Archives and Heritage Centre has been involved with the local community, providing a venue for exhibitions and events, making adult work training places available for Government training scheme placements, giving school children work experience and involving the disabled and those with special needs to become involved with local community work. In addition it provides interesting work for other volunteers of all age groups and abilities, from the surrounding district.
Projects in the past have included building an oral archive library by tape recording the spoken memories of older people in the community; taking part in a community video project with Yorkshire television (the film is lodged in the National Museum of Photography and Film, Bradford); undertaking a two year project to record all readable inscriptions in the ancient St. Mary’s Parish Churchyard and, in conjunction with satellite televisions The History Channel, hosting the northern region’s exhibition of historic community photographs, submitted from around the region.
Whitby Archives Computerisation Project
The aim of the project is to record and store the vast archive collection of historic photographs, maps, documents and artifacts using computer technology. This will be done using local volunteers plus local community involvement. Local schools and groups will be trained in archiving techniques and in using the new technology. This will allow publication and dissemination of the local heritage collection, not only to the local population but also to a wider public.
In addition it will ensure the safeguarding of the area’s assets for future generations in a form which is easily distributable and accessible. For example, the group intends to run adult education classes and design a schools education pack with the help of teachers.