Appeal to help record town’s history

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A PROJECT to establish an official record of Sudbury’s social history has been launched.

Sudbury Town Council is calling on residents to dig out and let it record items that depict or represent life and events in the town.

This will allow the council to create a collection of ephemera – items that include old posters, street or shop signs, old newspapers and event tickets.

The plan is to archive the material in dated portfolios, which will go on public display several times a year. The scheme is supported by Sudbury mayor Tony Platt and other councillors, including John Sayers.

Mr Sayers, who has an old invitation to a children’s tea party on Market Hill to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII and some embroided cards sent from his father to Sudbury from France during the First World War, said he was fully behind the initiative.

“This is a great example of life in the town which really does need recording,” he said.

“I hope people will support us in trying to record a social history of Sudbury. We are talking about the kind of things that usually get thrown away.

“However, I would urge people to think twice before doing that as they are throwing away part of the town’s history.”

q Anyone who has any old items which they feel could be of interest to the collection should contact Sudbury Town Council on 01787 372331.

SUPPORT: John Sayers has leant his backing to the project.