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Let’s Build an Archive!

 Doreen Bartlett and Mary Burgess

at Melton Village Fête in 2014

    Local organisations including the new Melton WI, Melton Old Church Society, Melton Primary School and St Andrew’s Church have worked together with Parish Councillors to commemorate Melton’s involvement in WW1.

    Activities to date have resulted in the putting together the beginnings of a Roll of Honour listing names of all known to have served with connections to Melton. The group is keen to build on the information published in the local booklet “Behind the Name” (2009) and further explore the lives of local people.     We hope to gather a collection of images, documents and other memorabilia.

      Let’s Build an Archive”, took place on Saturday 15 November,  Visitors of all ages came and met our team. They brought along WW1 family heirlooms, shared wartime stories and enjoyed music of the period presented live by Melton Folk. The day  featured a display of local archives. Special WW1 themed craft activities interested younger visitors.




” In 2015 the Heritage Team was represented at Melton Fete on 27 June when there was a further opportunity to explore local archives.

 Melton WW1 Heritage Project


The Heritage Project team has been successful in finding the names of 190 men with connections to Melton who went to war. This list is available to view in specially marked folders on display at St Andrew’s Church and Melton Old Church. We do hope you will find time to take a look and maybe add to the information collected to date.




 On Sunday 19 July our events to commemorate WW1 continued with a POPPY WALK. The trail began by the war memorials at St Andrew’s and concluded at Melton Old Church where visitors had the chance to view the rare collection of WW1 grave markers and browse parish archives. The footpath between the two churches was marked by “poppy posts” to which letters written by local school children to unknown soldiers were attached. Journey’s end was also an opportunity for walkers to refresh themselves with Melton Old Church’s legendary afternoon teas.

Some of the “Letters to an Unknown Soldier” displayed on the Poppy Crosses

World War 1  Exhibition in St Andrew’s Church