This shows the jacket images for books available for sale by post through Essex 100.
Note the preferential terms for the offer of Thundersley and Daws Heath – A History and Hadleigh Postcard Memories as a combined purchase.
The freshly reprinted Hadleigh Heritage pack is available.
The first publishing venture of the Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive (H&TCA) was in 2013. Using funds from the HLF programme “All Our Stories” we created Hadleigh Postcard Memories (HPM) to showcase Robert Nichols unique collection of postcards enhanced by his personal commentary. By selling the first book at an accessible price, we maintained the programme of archive activities and in 2014 were also able to publish Chris Worpole’s Tales out of School about the Hadleigh National School. This was a more specialised book with a very limited print run, and we have ensured that it is available as an e-book. There is also a related Teaching Pack which could become a key legacy as education continues to evolve in England and elsewhere.
The archive continued – as it does today – to self fund through the sales of books, and the editorial team then tackled the substantial challenge of Robert Hallmann’s book on Thundersley and Daws Heath. Eventually comprising over 200 pages, abundantly illustrated through the combined research of author and archive editors, we took the bold decision to maintain the successful HPM binding format; and make a limited edition hardback edition – all in 2015. Again we carefully held the price down to a level where most of the community can afford to buy a copy, whilst still balancing the Archive’s not-for-profit finances.
Of course, we have no idea, now, what will interest people in (say) 100 years. But we do know that this is the first time in history when our whole community can preserve coherent oral, photographic and documentary memories of the times they lived through. Though many historic buildings have been lost, the voice of the community will live on, through these books and the Archive which nurtured them.