Over the past couple of years we have made great progress in making the Mission Hall a venue for meetings, exhibitions and storing our archives - and we have just received news of an award that will help us make another stride forward. SBC Community Grant Scheme has awarded us £1,800 to enable us to install new panel heaters on the ceiling of the hall. Those of you who attend meetings will know that we have had to rely on two propane gas heaters to warm the hall, which many have found an uncomfortable experience. Hopefully, by the time the new season begins, the panel heaters will be installed and up and running. Many thanks to those who helped put in this successful bid and for the support of all our members. Being able to show a healthy membership is an essential part of being successful in such grant applications. Our next project is more ambitious still - to install a new doorway and to upgrade our archive storage, so that the hall can be opened during the summer months as a permanent exhibition space.
The 2018 exhibition is now over and was very successful, with many visitors during the week it was open. It is always pleasing to find that in the brief period of the exhibtion we get visitors not only from the local area, but from all over the world. This year the visitor's book shows we had guests from California and Mississippi, as well as Wollongong and Melbourne in Australia. Clearly, although we are a fairly remote place, Yetholm is much visited and there is a lot of potential for adapting the hall as a small Heritage Centre.
The YHS annual exhibtion will be held during Festival Week (Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th June), in the Mission Hall from 10am-4pm daily.
The aim is to show some of the changes that have taken place in Yetholm over the last 100 years - some of them good and some of them not! We have tried to use some of the less well known images from our archive, as well as some modern photographs. For example the recently discovered postcard shown above shows the village green in Town Yetholm, presumably very shortly after the Wauchope memorial was erected in 1902. No other copies of this image are known. The photograph below shows the same view today. A greener scene - though the the bicycle leaning against the wall in the first image has been replaced by a rash of parked cars.
We hope to have the exhibition manned for much of the time and in those periods books, DVDs and other Yetholm-related material wil be for sale. Entry is free - everyone welcome.