Research and Interpretation

The Project aimed to put Learning about the Church and Local History, and interpreting it for Local People and Visitors to enjoy at the forefront of its activities.

Volunteers from the Community researched and interpreted history for Visitors.

This continues and temporary displays on the results can be seen from time to time. 

Banners, Museum-style Information Panels, Leaflets and Booklets have been created; see examples via the links on various pages 

Heritage Talks have been given and  informative Walks on the Waggonway, in Local Woodlands and the Churchyard have taken place. A new walk based on the life's of the coal owners and the coal miners is available; see leaflet and information board

The Project connects artefacts  in the Church with features in the Landscape and Community, sparking curiosity and interest. Aspects of our Heritage from Domesday to the Present Day were and continue to be  included.

What we have achieved in 2016

We have prepared an exhibition related to the Battle of the Somme and its relation to the village come and see it in Church after the 1st July!.

We have prepared a Display board on Masters and Men .

We are also continuing to build up a comprehensive data bank of existing heritage research and Church records of Births, Marriages and Deaths.

This includes  new material from the former Hoylandswaine History Group

The material is  researched by volunteers on a wide range of local history topics and then uploaded onto the computer system for easy access by visitors.

This is in the form  of typed documents, photographs and Powerpoint Presentations.

Inputting Historical Research in The Bramah Gallery 

 The new coloured guidebook continues to be well received.

 The following work is currently taking place  :-

  • Research on aspects of the wider parish and the history of the Church
  • Transcribing Wills and documents about Silkstone
  • Adding Reference Material to the shelves and computer data base
  • Creating reference material specifically for Children.
  • Further research work on Joseph Bramah
  • Researching and compiling information on former Vicars of the Parish.
  • Research on the 1914-18 War with particular reference to Silkstone