The Family Adams Project

1880-1930: Fifty Years of Unique History of a Fenland Community

1880-1930: Fifty Years of Unique History of a Fenland Community

         

'If you can’t get it at Adams…' A fascinating talk by the Family Adams Project At Ely Museum.

 

Tuesday 20th November 7.30pm. FREE! (Donations to Ely Museum welcome)

J H Adams, Ironmongers, at the heart of Littleport, enjoyed, at its height, an international role in the making of the world ice skating championships whilst selling all things domestic from screws and rivets, to paint brushes, and pots and pans.  Rarely seen archive objects, photographs, letters and ledgers were discovered, photographed, filmed and staged.  Members of the community told their stories, recorded their memories to create an innovative project for retelling in a new Adams archive.  This may now be shared and explored in the Adams exhibition in film, photography, the living memory book, the scale model of Adams shop, forge and barn, for all to see and enjoy. 

Nicola Power, Helena Anderson, Jean Rees-Lyons and Zoe Davidson will be talking about how the project was created, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help preserve these memories for many generations to come. 

The museum will also be open to view the exhibition and film from 7pm.

The Family Adams Exhibition continues at the museum until 25th November. For further information contact 01353 666655

 

J H Adams & Sons, The Shop that Time Forgot

 

The magic of the Family Adams Project continues as the documentary film 'J H Adams & Sons, The End of an Era' made by Adam Giles and Richard Millen is about to be shown nationwide. 

The film is being broadcast on The Community Channel  on Sky 539, Virgin 233, Freeview 87 and BT Vision and will be shown on: 14 November:20.00; 19 November: 12.00; 22 November:12.00; 25 November:07.30 and 19.00; 2 December: 05.00; 12 December: 19.00 and 02.50; 15 December: 19.00 and 02.50; 19 December 05.00; 22 December: 05.00. 

http://www.communitychannel.org/featured/november-highlights/

Enjoy!

 

The Family Adams Project

   

The Family Adams Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is an exciting event for everyone to enjoy.  It will save for future reference, a vital aspect of community heritage found in the history of J H Adams, Ironmongers, 17 Main Street, in the Conservation Area of Littleport, Cambridgeshire. 

 The J.H. Adams Hardware store is an integral part of Main Street. It’s easy to assume it would always be there, with the great shop front dominating the street and its windows full of tools, house wares and gardening equipment.  Inside its like you have stepped back in time with its great walls of dark wood drawers containing nails, screws and who knows what else. At the heart of the community J H Adams is as significant today as it has always been.  

Celebration Weekend

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April 2012 
Littleport Village Hall | Victoria Street | CB6 1LX

Over the last six months The Family Adams Project team has been researching the unique history of J.H Adams and Sons, Main Street, in the Conservation area of Littleport.  We would like to invite you to our celebration event at Littleport Village Hall to see what has been discovered, read the Living Memory Book, see the photographic exhibition and scale model and enjoy the premiere of the film and the play. Come and help us celebrate this new community archive!

The Family Adams Project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through a partnership between The Word Garden and ADeC

(Arts Development East Cambridgeshire). It will save for future generations, a vital aspect of the community’s heritage found in the history of

an ironmongers shop at the heart of its community.  The project brings together local people, schools, museums and artists to collect and preserve personal memories and activities of the village in new and exciting ways.  

 

Saturday 28 April

Exhibition open to the general public | 1- 4 pm

Ticketed premiere of The Documentary film J H Adams and Sons – The End of an Era  and The Gypsy Play at Cafe Marguerite  | Doors open  6.30 pm  Show 7 pm

 

Sunday 29 April

Exhibition open to the general public | 4.30 – 6 pm

Ticketed premiere of The Documentary film J H Adams and Sons – The End of an Era  and The Gypsy Play at Cafe Marguerite  | Doors open 2 pm Show  2.30 pm

 

Tickets for The Documentary Film of Adams Shop  and The Gypsy Play at Cafe Marguerite ( Free, must be pre-booked )

Box office 01353 616991 (Mon-Fri 10am—4pm)

In person at ADeC | Babylon Gallery | Waterside | Ely | CB7 4AU 

Littleport  outlet : Littleport Bargain Centre | 9 Main Street | Littleport | CB6 1PH

For further information contact Projects Manager Zoe.Davidson@adec.org.uk 

Family Adams Project on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire!

Please find a link to our BBC Radio Cambridgeshire interview. We’re featured about 20 mins into the show, its superb! "Brilliant interview - well done Jean and David!" 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00nx37k

 

Update from Projects  Manager Zoe Davidson

Littleport residents will have seen the recent closure of J H Adams Ironmongers shop on Main Street, behind the scenes The Family Adams Project continues. The project has come to life over the last few weeks. We have now reached our half way point, and we are working towards getting all elements completed and  ready  for our celebration event in April. This  project is now even more poignant than ever, and will help preserve a vital aspect of our community’s heritage.

As a project team I know how overwhelmed we have been with the positive response and support we have received from the community, but also the support  we have received from organisations from outside of Cambridge. With a wonderful article in the Ely Standard in January, a great feature on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and  interest from The Guardian, this project has wings and is flying high!

You’re in for a real treat in April. Make sure you get your tickets early, and we look forward to welcoming you to The Family Adams celebration event!

J.H. ADAMS & SONS GENERAL IRONMONGERS


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The Family Adams project intends to create a public archive of local and national historic cultural events from artefacts, records and recollections which could be lost if action is not taken before the sale of the shop, which has served local residents and Cambridgeshire-wide customers for more than 100 years.  

The Family Adams project intends to create a public archive of local and national historic cultural events from artefacts, records and recollections which could be lost if action is not taken before the sale of the shop, which has served local residents and Cambridgeshire-wide customers for more than 100 years.  

Major aims of the project include exploring the past, talking with young and older members of Littleport, collecting and recording memories, stories and images.  Activities of local people and associated objects, perhaps unseen since the 1900’s, still significant in the life of the Fens, will remind us of traditions upon which present day events such as children’s outings and skating on ice, have their origins.  Littleport has a truly original place in history including a mention in the Doomsday Book.   
 

Robyn Llewellen, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said, “We at HLF are delighted to be able to support this imaginative project.  Spending time together and experiencing a sense of shared history can help bring communities closer together, and this is a particularly creative way of collecting and preserving the stories that have helped define the character and history of Littleport”.  

A big thank you to the proprietors of J.H Adams & Sons, David and Sue Porter. Without their kind support and encouragement this project would not have been made possible.

The Family Adams Project Launch - A Fantastic Success!

 

Hagen skates and Gold sovereigns were just a few of the unusual artefacts, stories and photographs shared by over 60 Littleport residents, organisations and friends at the official launch of The Family Adams Project on Saturday 23 November. 

The project team were on hand to talk about the historical influence and importance J.H Adams Ironmongers shop has had on Littleport.

Thanks to Anne Mason from the Heritage Lottery fund who attended the launch along with Phil Malkin and the team at YPL who kindly allowed us to hold our launch here. 

All the information captured will be included in the Living Memory book which is part of the project. If you have anything to share please get in touch with Projects Manager Zoe Davidson. Zoe.davidson@adec.org.uk. 01353 611592

Family Adams Project on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

 

Listen to Family Adams Project members Jean Rees-Lyons, Zoe Davidson and Adam Giles as they discuss the project with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Jane Smith: Please Click Here

 

 

 

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