Although Knowle Library has now reopened (27th March), The Knowle Society has still to assess the work required to reopen the Local History Centre archives upstairs in the Library. As soon as a date is known this will be notified here. Meanwhile a small exhibition of photographs is on display in the display cabinets upstairs – it is called ‘A Walk through Knowle highways and byways in the village in earlier days’.
Eager faces demonstrate the value of this annual event when The Knowle Society displays pictures and talks about old and new Knowle to the children.
Six members of the Society enjoyed a rewarding visit when the Year 6 (final year) children displayed a lively interest and were able to relate what they saw to their own knowledge of the village. The project forms part of the National Curriculum for Knowle’s Year 6 children. This year the Society took its exhibition to the school instead of the school coming to the library, whilst the Library is closed temporarily. The Local History Centre has prepared a set of pictures which combined with material from the Society’s new Guide to Knowle provides a broad view of Knowle to encourage an interest in the village in which the children live. The visit is followed later by a question and answer session in open forum with the children. The Knowle Society is very pleased to be helping in this way with the local primary school.
While Knowle Library is being refurbished during early 2008, the Knowle Society’s Local History Centre (LHC) which is normally located upstairs in the Library will also remain closed. The Society has been advised that the Library will reopen on Thursday 27th March. As yet no date has been fixed for the reopening of the LHC but it is will be few weeks after the library reopens.
The long-awaited refurbishment of Knowle Library commenced after the 2007 Christmas holidays and because of this The Knowle Society has closed and relocated its Local History Collection (LHC) temporarily during the period of refurbishment which is expected to last up to and including 26th March. Unfortunately during this period the Collection will not be available and the regular Saturday morning attended sessions will also be suspended. Inevitably the LHC’s own reopening will be further delayed after the Library reopens while the Society returns its collection to its old location. The reopening date of the LHC will be announced in the Parish Magazine and on this website.
The Society intends to use the time to catch up with cataloguing and hopes that new computer and networking facilities at the Library will enhance the service that can be offered after reopening.