The Friends of the Cardall Collection
Southam Heritage Collection (incorporating the Cardall Collection) comprises artefacts, documents, photographs and
memorabilia associated with Southam and its surrounding villages. The County Museum Service inspectors agree that it
is an important record of the life and times of our historic market town. The Collection urgently needs a permanent home
in Southam where it can be displayed, used and appreciated by the general public, local history societies, schools,
reminiscence groups and researchers.
No 14: Spring / Summer 2014
Last Winter was never going to be an easy time.
The lease on the Old Labour Exchange in
Warwick Road - home of the Collection for the
past five years - expired at the beginning of
January 2014. Since our landlord, Major Mills,
had sadly passed away earlier in 2013 there was
no realistic possibility of renewing the lease for a
further period. Much of the Autumn was therefore
spent looking for new premises. We wanted the
Collection to stay in Southam as near to the town
centre as possible, and we needed to keep our
storage and working/display space in the same
location. Most importantly, the rent and rates etc
had to be affordable.
We have applied for space within the new Orbit
Town Centre development (currently under
construction,) and we received a letter from
Southam Town Council saying that, subject to
further (unknown) lease conditions, we would be
allocated a community room of 33m
. For the
interim period, Jenny Frith came to our rescue
and offered us the basement of Vivian House
subject to us paying the service charges.
This we could afford and the space available was
virtually identical to that at the Old Labour
Exchange. However the basement is down a flight
of stairs and the configuration of the space is very
different. So this led to some interesting
‘challenges’ in accommodating all our items,
equipment and space for displays.
Removal day was
the weekend of
of the wettest
weekends of the
Winter. It was
much rain poured
down on our valiant
helpers that day – it is a long time since I have
seen people so wet and my sincere thanks go to
all of them especially those who did most of the
outside work. We had to move around 150
cardboard boxes in the pouring rain, plus our
computers, display equipment, desks, clothing
racks and some large items which were too big to
fit in boxes, as well as dismantling and re-erecting
all our storage racking. It took the best part of two
days to complete the move and then we had to
start the business of squeezing the Collection into
its new home.
Moving Day at the Old Labour Exchange
The Old Labour Exchange was left looking very
empty - bereft of any furniture or fittings - and
indeed we were sad to leave it as we had enjoyed
our time there and achieved much.
Initially everything at Vivian House was stacked
up in piles. We did erect the shelving quickly to
ensure we had some room to manoeuvre, but this
still left us with a large quantity of ‘stuff’ in piles
and heaps making it quite difficult just to move
A well-earned cuppa at Vivian House basement
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We have spent the first months of 2014 gradually
getting organised. Quite a few things got
misplaced, but we have found them all now!
Stratford District Council has caught up with us for
the business rates, and we have paid our first
electricity bill, so Vivian House basement is well
and truly our home for the time being. We are
currently finalising preparations for our Grand
Opening Day which will be on Carnival Bank
Holiday Monday, May 26
. We will be open for
visitors to drop in between 12 noon and 4pm, but
please note the basement is down a flight of stairs
so access will be difficult for those with mobility
Now that we are in the Town Centre we plan to
have our rooms in Vivian House basement open
to the public on many more occasions especially
throughout the Summer months. Members are
being invited to visit Vivian House and preview our
new display before it opens to the public.
Exhibition at Vivian House
We now have a brand new display and exhibition
at the Collection’s new home in the basement of
Vivian House on Market Hill.
The exhibition is called “Southam Women in
World War 1” and tells the story of Southam’s
Red Cross Hospital at the Grange. It will feature
photographs and letters together with artefacts
kindly loaned by relatives of the soldiers and
volunteer VAD nurses. The display has been
painstakingly put together by Val Brodie from
Napton and she will be pleased to answer
questions about her work.
The exhibition will open for the first time on
Carnival Day (Monday 26
May) in the afternoon.
Thereafter from June 3
until September 30
will be open from 10am to 12 noon every Tuesday
morning (Southam’s Market Day) and also on the
second Saturday of the month, to coincide with
Southam Farmer’s Market.
Do come along and take a look at one way in
which Southam’s women contributed to the War
Tithe Lodge Community Space
As mentioned above we have received a letter
from Southam Town Council stating that they
intend to offer us one of the three Community
Rooms in the new Tithe Lodge development in
High Street. This is an excellent location for a
Heritage Collection, being very close to the new
Library facility and restaurant. However, at this
stage all we have been offered is approximately
which is very small relative to the space we
now occupy in Vivian House.
Tithe Lodge is due for completion in Spring 2015.
However we have no information about how much
the space will cost or any other conditions that
may be imposed. We are in touch with the
developers, Orbit Housing, and hope to discuss
the space and any options there may be for
additional storage. Storage space is an integral
part of our requirements because without
accessible storage, housing the Collection in the
development would not be viable.
We have come a long way in the past eight years
and are within sight of achieving our primary
objective of giving Southam a permanent Heritage
Facility in the Town Centre. It could make a major
contribution to the prosperity of the town by
raising its profile, providing a research facility for
local schools and community groups, and
attracting visitors into the town centre. We hope
that over the next twelve months we can
demonstrate at Vivian House how heritage
tourism can benefit the town.
Many people who have visited our talks and
displays over the years or have seen our 2014
Calendar (look out for the 2015 edition) have
expressed interest in obtaining copies of our old
Well now you can. Starting with the opening of the
“Southam Women in World War 1” exhibition we
will be offering the opportunity to obtain a print of
one of our old photos for a small charge. If you
come along on one of the open days (see article
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on the new exhibition for opening times) we can
search our database for a picture of your choice
and we will then produce a 7” x 5” (unframed)
copy for you for £5.
If you have a specific subject that we can search
for – like a street, house or other object or event,
we can show you a selection of photographs. If
you would like a larger copy we will be happy to
give you a price. To make sure someone is
available to do the necessary search and show
you what your picture would look like please
phone 01926 613503 in advance or email
Volunteers for Market Days
Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday
morning? Or can you spare some time on the
second Saturday of the month?
As mentioned, at Vivian House we are in a better
position to open our doors to the public for a few
hours each week. As an experiment we will be
open on Tuesday mornings and Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from June to September. We are
looking for one or two members who are able to
help greet visitors and generally be on hand to
assist between 10am and 12 noon.
There will be an experienced Committee member
present at all times, and we will provide you with
all the information you need to show visitors the
current display of Southam Women in WW1.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with the
Collection and help us to spread the word. If you
can assist, if only for a couple of mornings, please
get in touch with Linda on 01926 814214 or by
email to email@example.com
Our 2015 Calendar
Following the success of last year’s calendar, we
are planning to produce another one for 2015.
We hope to keep the cost at £5, and include
another batch of interesting photos of old
Southam from the Collection. We are also
seeking ‘sponsors’ for each month of the year to
help pay for the printing. For the sum of £25, our
sponsors can have their name and/or logo
included on the month of their choice, (first come
first served) and also on the cover of the calendar
- unless they choose to remain anonymous of
If you would like to sponsor a month, or have any
suggestions for a potential sponsor (business or
private), please let us know.
As part of our programme of heritage events, on
Saturday April 12
, the Feldon Archaeological
Society came to Southam and gave a most
interesting talk and exhibition of small finds from
their twelve year archaeological dig at Granslet
Farm near Burton Dassett.
The speaker was Peter G. Spackman BA(Hons)
PIFA, who also compiled the presentation and
exhibition on behalf of the Feldon Archaeological
Society. The Society provides an opportunity for
local people to take part in a community project
and be part of the quest for knowledge of past
cultures and communities that inhabited our area.
The Granslet Farm site was completed in 2012,
but the Society is now working at Warmington
Herb Centre and Hanwell Castle and new
members are always welcome.
The excavations at the base of Burton Dassett
Hills were started in 2000 in an area of a ploughed
field where scattered stones had been observed.
A stone wall was uncovered dating to the 3
century. Alongside the wall was late Iron Age
occupation, which had been covered by low status
Roman building that had later been robbed and
demolished for early Anglo Saxon use.
This trench was closed in 2003 and a second one
opened in 2004, but it was not until 2005 that
more building evidence was discovered, when a
large sunken cellar was uncovered. The function
of the cellar is still open to debate, but artefacts
found included animal bones, Roman pottery and
metal finds including a bronze bird.
This trench was closed at the end of 2005 and a
third trench opened to reveal a substantial stone
wall. Artefacts showed it to be from a late Roman
building and to their dismay 2006 saw the building
progressing under the spoil heap, so it all had to
Later that year a new volunteer was given an
insignificant area to learn trowelling skills and
promptly found a skull. The authorities were
informed and a licence obtained to excavate the
skeleton. It proved to be a middle aged female,
laid to rest in a shallow depression in the cobbled
courtyard of the Roman building. A pair of small
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long brooches dated it to early Anglo-Saxon and
Nothing more significant was found during 2007/8.
2009 concentrated on the cobbled area near the
north of the now back-filled building to clarify
dates and its association with the building.
Artefacts here dated as expected to the middle 3
and early 4
century and below the cobble was
evidence of late Iron Age occupation.
2010 saw a new trench positioned to investigate a
suspected structure and started with the usual
metal-detection survey. This coupled with detailed
results of all the find spots and the correct
handling of finds are all part and parcel of the
quest for historical knowledge.
This season saw the uncovering of an area of
unrobbed cobble, a horseshoe shaped feature
and the terminus of the Iron Age gully. With
artefacts it confirmed the previous evidence of late
Iron Age below Roman occupation. An area was
excavated from the boundary of England Field
and the pottery, stone, tile and bone artefacts
reflected the land use over very many years, and
here was found the largest slab of worked stone
on the site. The stonework here appeared to be
mainly building demolition of larger stonework with
slate and ceramic roof tiles.
During 2011 a number of insignificant structures
were found, but also an unrecorded Roman road
and when 2012 saw the completion of this work,
the area was all backfilled. Further information
may be found on:
Photograph by courtesy of Peter Spackman and
Feldon Archaeological Society.
What’s In A Name?
For some time now the Committee of the Friends
has been considering whether our original name
“Cardall Collection” is still appropriate in this age
of internet searching and rapid communication.
We are aware that people searching online for
Southam’s history are not being directed to the
Cardall Collection. This is mainly because that
name is not specific enough about what the
Collection comprises – it could be a collection of
anything – stamps, vehicles, even teddy bears!
Furthermore, since 2006, the original Collection
given to the town by the Cardall family has been
expanded. We have received the Alan Griffin
photographic archive, made oral history
recordings, accepted the writings of other local
people, and received donations of various local
artefacts, pictures and documents.
After consultation with the Cardall family, we have
therefore agreed to start a gradual process of ‘re-
branding’ and we have chosen the new title
“Southam Heritage Collection”. We will keep our
distinctive blue fireman’s helmet logo, and we will
always retain the Cardall name in our literature
and publicity to acknowledge the enormous
contribution of our original benefactors. However,
our internet presence will now focus on the words
“Southam” and “Heritage” rather than “Cardall”.
Hopefully whenever anyone searches online for
the history of Southam they will now find us. Our
Facebook page has been renamed “Southam
Heritage Collection” and we hope to develop our
own website when time and resources permit.
Once we are settled in our new room in Tithe
Lodge (fingers crossed!) we will also be reviewing
our Constitution to make sure it is still appropriate
and ‘fit for purpose’.
The Friends 200 Club was launched in May 2013
and was so successful that we intend to repeat it
again this year. A draw was made each month
starting in June 2013 and the winners were:
• June 2013: S Hill No 116
• July 2013: J Toner No 154
• August 2013: B Cadogan No 86
• September 2013: T Grey No 97
• October 2013: S Simpson No 79
• November 2013: A Graham No 6 (£40 prize)
• December 2013: R Cardall No 129
• January 2014: J Thorne No 150
• February 2014: K Morris No 68
• March 2014: C Evans No 134
• April 2014: A Graham No 2
• May 2014: (£40 prize - to be drawn in May)
It costs only £5 to take part in the monthly 200
Club draw for a whole 12 months. There are 10
draws for £10 and two draws for £40 in the year.
All proceeds go towards supporting the work of
the Friends. For a 200 Club entry form, please
contact Jenny Frith on 01926 814643.
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Southam Heritage Collection
The Collection belongs to the people of Southam. It is managed by
Trustees and a Committee of the Friends of the Cardall Collection.
Membership of the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in the history
of Southam and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out how you
can support our work, please telephone either the Chairman, Bernard on
01926 613503 or Secretary Linda on 01926 814214. Alternatively, you can email us on:
firstname.lastname@example.org or message us via our Facebook page “Southam Heritage
Collection”. (If you are a Facebook user, please ‘Like’ our page to help spread the word about
Southam and its heritage.)
Visiting the Collection at Vivian House, Market Hill:
Starting in June 2014, the Friends will be welcoming ‘drop in’ visitors on Tuesday mornings, and
also on the second Saturday of the month between 10am and 12 noon to view our latest
exhibition. Please note access to the basement is via stairs, so may be difficult for those with
mobility problems. If you would like to arrange a private visit outside these opening times, please
contact Bernard on 01926 613503.
Volunteering, Membership, Donations:
If you would like to join the Friends or make a donation, please complete and return the attached
form, with your payment. The form includes a Gift Aid Declaration that taxpayers are asked to
sign to enable us to reclaim the tax you have paid on your subscription or donation. (Membership
is renewable on 1st October each year.) You can also donate online at mydonate.bt.com
Southam “Walk and Talk”:
A short guided tour of Southam on level footpaths to see some of its most interesting buildings,
and hear something about their history, followed by an opportunity for tea and chat at a town
centre venue. Available for groups of up to a maximum of 20 people, the Walk and Talk lasts
about 2 hours and costs £5 per person. Contact: Linda on 01926 814214.
Presentations, Talks, Exhibitions:
We can attend one of your group meetings or visit your premises and give a presentation and talk
about aspects of Southam’s history tailored to your interests. Contact Bernard on 01926 613503
or Linda on 01926 814214 to discuss your requirements. (A fee will be charged by agreement.)
Events & Festivals:
If you would like us to have a stall at your event or festival please contact Jenny on 01926 814643
200 Club: Tickets cost just £5 per annum, and your number is entered into a monthly draw.
Proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Friends. All enquiries to Jenny on 01926 814643
Copies of Photographs: All enquiries to Bernard on 01926 613503
Thank you for reading this Newsletter.
Please feel free to pass it on to your friends, relations and colleagues.
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