How to … protect your heritage

History and archaeology group member Mike Clatworthy describes how we can build the future with heritage.

What have museums, archives, nature reserves, seed banks and zoos got in common? They are all concerned with passing on ‘something’ to the future that we think is important. This is what we call ‘heritage’.

Heritage is often thought of as something from the present or the past, but there is a different way to think about this. The choices that we make about what to pass on helps shape the future. 

Heritage becomes the building blocks of the future! What do you want the future to be like, and what can we do to start to create that future today?

From time to time we all contemplate our lives and possible futures. Why not start now and involve your family in one or all of the following suggestions, provided by the History and Archaeology Group (HAGS) of the Langdyke Countryside Trust .

Oral history record

Set up an Oral History record containing some of the many recollections that you have all, undoubtedly, been going over among yourselves. Family matters, events, foods ,now and when you were younger, changes in fashion, toys ,pets, school etc. Add the dates, even if only approximately!

Family archive

A Family Archive, not necessarily a full family history record, that might well be beyond reach for now. Just make a start with what you have available at home, photos, birth certificates etc. Some may have a ‘Family Bible’ with records in the back. We attach a possible recording sheet if of any use to keep things together. This may lead on to a full family history record after we come out of the current restrictions and you can then gather from, or share with, the rest of the family.

Something for the children

Finally, a specific activity for the children in the household. Why not start a Memory Box, to contain almost anything that they, and you, would like to keep for the future! We started our two girls off with their hospital birth tags, a copy of several newspapers from the date that they were born and the congratulation cards that we received. They are now 26 and 24 years old and delight in sitting down and trawling through what have become quite substantial boxes, about 75cm by 50 cm and 50 cm deep!