The Charltons Historical Society
Historical Society is a wholly volunteer run community organisation, formed in
1996 to collect and share historical data relating to the combined civil parish
of Charlton Mackrell. The Society has
held a number of well-attended exhibitions as well as regular meetings with
speakers. In 2006 the Society
contributed volunteers to the Heritage Lottery funded Castle Cary to Durston
Railway Centenary project and also produced a book about life in the villages
during the years when Charlton Mackrell railway station was open. The Society’s
Chairman, Duncan Black, had achieved an MA in Archaeology as a mature student and
when he died suddenly at Christmas 2008 he left a significant archive and the
collection of artefacts which has inspired this project.
The Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership
CSOLP is a small educational charity that works with all ages and abilities. They prioritize young people, many of them disadvantaged and/ or struggling in school and offer regular therapeutic sessions to improve self worth, ability to learn and motivation through the development of practical skills in an inspiring woodland environment. This project will work with existing school groups, but will also be open to others who are interested, including college archaeology students and local children.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to
make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK
and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic
places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest
in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects
with more than £5.3bn across the UK.
To help us bring history to a wider audience, The Fox & Hounds in Charlton Adam kindly hosted our pottery workshops, displays and talks and sponsored our kiln event.