John Cave a Local Legend – From Me, To You

The from Me to You pilot aimed to prove that local social history is important and contributes to the pride and closeness of a community.

The from Me to You pilot aimed to prove that local social history is important, it contributes to the pride and closeness of a community and its people, and its rare to find complete collections of photographs, interviews, diaries and memorabilia spanning over decades, such as the John Cave Collection.

The lack of understanding that sometimes comes from families at a time of bereavement regarding the significance of their historical past is an issue and solutions need to be found.

This initiative intends to be one type such solution to send a clear message to our young people on the importance of family and community.  The pilot will therefore collate, digitally save and exhibit the John Cave Collection for the benefit of not only Holyhead and its close links to Ireland, Australia and America but as an example of how one man’s collection can encourage others to realise the past and its intrinsic link to the future.

Working with the John Cave Legacy group the ‘From Me to You’ framework was created, which is a means to collect and record people’s collections digitally and offer a blueprint for how to set up and market exhibitions.

The John Cave Collection contained artefacts, films, interviews and many photographs taken over a 50yr period mainly about the Town of Holyhead.

The first stage of the work involved separating the collection into themes, including maritime, town, schools, churches, port, railway and events, 35 of 150 boxes were collated.  The work culminated in a 200 piece exhibition  ‘My Town Holyhead’ a film was also produced as part of the exhibition which was held at the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead and was very well received with over 4,000 people visiting and paying a tribute to the past collector and the quality of the exhibition.

Each part of the exhibition was photographed and entered on to a spreadsheet allowing the group to upload this in a digital format to the ‘People’s Collection Wales’ website along with a virtual tour of the exhibition.

Conclusions

The pilot has proved to be a success and discussions are on-going as to who will be the next collector to use the ‘From Me to You’ brand

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