Hope Historical Society Archives
Over the last fifteen years Hope Historical Society has received several collections of documents, photographs and oral histories for us to store on behalf of the village. The first collection we received was the Frank Money album of photographs. Other early donations came from two local Gardening Societies, with minutes, show programmes and certificates telling the story of the Societies and their importance in the lives of local residents.
Our large photo archive started at the time of our first exhibition in 2001 when many residents loaned family photos for us to scan. Hope Show Committee and the Cement works have also been generous in allowing us to copy photos from their archives. Together they provide a pictorial insight into the life of Hope.
Edwin Chapman had preserved minute books, orders of service and Sunday school attendance registers from the Methodist Church.
Edwin had also preserved a minute book of the Lily of the Valley Oddfellows Lodge. Recently, when Castleton Historical Society were looking at their archives prior to refurbishment of the Information Centre they found the Honours Board for the Lodge which they have very kindly returned to Hope
Moors for the Future recorded a series of interviews with people whose livelihood was governed by our local farming environment. We hold a copy of this oral history and have added to it with interviews with Hope residents.
Recently we have received minute books and memorabilia from the Hope Branch of British Legion via Gordon Randles. We feel honoured that these records should have been given to us for safe keeping.
Others have trusted us with treasured photo albums. We have recently received an album of photos of Phoebe Croft when it was built in 1902 and WW1 photos of the VAD Hospital at Hathersage.
That we are holding these records of Hope organisations usually means that they no longer operate, which is sad, but it does mean that their records are preserved. Likewise photo albums tend to arrive when older members of the village have passed away, which is also sad.
We are extremely grateful to the Methodist Church for giving us the space and facilities to store the archives in a safe and suitable environment.
It is hoped to add some of this archived material in the near future.