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Project information

Shrublands Community Archive History Group

This project is to enable the existing community archive group to continue with the extensive work in building their new improved website and further adding to the 2000 images they have already collected. Also to further research the extensive history of the area

October 2012 - October 2015

Charity information: Shrublands Youth And Adult Centre Charitable Trust

Shrublands Youth And Adult Centre Charitable Trust logo
  • Need


    To be ale to further research and add to the existing digital archive. To continue with the development of the new website and to enable the history group to be able to meet on a weekly basis. The history of the area is of great social importance and can only be made available through the hard work of this local history group


    Funding will solve all of these issues by paying for room hire, website costs and the general running costs. The existing members already give several hour of their time each week to achieve this goal and it would be very unfair if these dedicated people also have to pay for the privilege.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The history /archiving group to continue meeting on a weekly basis


    » Provide a suitable room once a week for a further 3 years

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieved by further developing the website and adding more images and information

  • Impact


    By recording the numbers of additional items within the archive, by recording the number of attendances at the meetings and public events. By recording the numbers of website visits. The more history that can be recoded and available can only contribute greatly to local children's knowledge of the area and also make available the images for our older local residents to reminisce about. This aspect also extensively assists with the well being of our older local residents.


    The website hosting company could stop trading - this is partiallly solved by backing up all records.
    Lack of new material - this would be promted in teh local press to attract new donors.
    History grop members passing away. this is more difficlut to solve as they have the much needed local history information.


    Newsletters and yearly reports by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,880 Room Hire 48 sessions each year x 3 years
      £6,320 Sundries Stationery, equipment, website costs etc
      £10,800 Project cordinator Project management costs
  • Background


    Gorleston. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. There is a wealth of history with the very large and historic Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre, which also houses a grade 2 listed building. This now multi user site was a very successful social experiment that started in 1949 and mixed up to 85,000 adults and youths in a social and educational environment each year. The 2 local housing estates have a history of being the largest prefab house estate in the country and also the largest council house estate.


    Past members of the centre, past and current residents of the 2 housing estates, local youths with an interest of the local history. Adults living both locally, away and abroad who have an interest in the area. Also the senior citizens who contribute to the archive have continually stated that the exiting project that is coming to a close (funding wise), weekly visits have given then all a new lease of life with a purpose. It would be really sad if this has to end.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We currently have just over 4 years very successful experience in developing the history group, building the massive archive and getting to position we are now at. By further extending the life of the project with experienced and the extensive knowledge of the area by this group makes sense as starting again from fresh is not really an option that could be considered.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Brian Brackley

    Existing project coordinator, project manager, website moderator and tutor Also Brian is the chairman of the charity and the force behind charity.

    Julie Woods (Volunteer)

    Julie is the vice chair person and has a wealth of knowledge about setting up and running community groups.

    J B Macey (Volunteer)

    Past centre manager for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge, memorabilia and archive material

Shrublands farmhouse a grade 2 listed building

Shrublands farmhouse a grade 2 listed building