Members of the Sudbury Ephemera Archive won first prize in the ‘on foot’ category in this year’s Carnival procession.
The overall theme was ‘Countries of the World’ which you can see clearly reflected in the costumes.
We were delighted to have been invited to take part in the Suffolk Show 2018 when the area “Looking Back” was designated to commemorate the centenary of the end of fighting in World War 1. The remit for the stand was to display archives about Sudbury’s Home Front 100 years ago.
The stand had to include interactive projects which would inspire the younger generation to understand life at this time. So we had displays from the Belle Vue Red Cross Hospital; autograph books and photographs of the nurses. A final panel included stories of people who played a part in daily life in Sudbury in 1918.
Young people were invited to play games that children still at school and under 13 would have enjoyed, in a time when there were no computers or electricity to even support such items. The fun of playing cats cradle gradually spread like an epidemic when women all around the stand were having a go.
We had a really great weekend, meeting and talking to many people who came to see our stand. As a result of our conversation we will be researching the archives to see if we can find the actual medicine sold to a local lady and dispensed in a bottle now owned by one of the other collectors. SEA looks forward to receiving emails from some of the visitors giving details, which may help other people in their research about Sudbury. Some visitors have provided food for thought about future exciting projects.
Apart from our own pleasure of being able to speak with members of the public and show off the work we are doing, we too had the chance to look at other collectors preserving our heritage for future generations, together with the sounds and smells of the steam engines and skills of tractor drivers.
Obviously people are becoming used to us appearing at these events and it was great to have archive material brought to the stand for the collection.
Thank you to the MEBCC for letting us attend the Monks Eleigh Bygone Collectors Club Rally.
To mark the purchase for the Town of the picture of ‘Seeing Jessie Home’ (a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber) painted by Steven Binks, the Sudbury Museum Trust opened for the morning with an expert on hand to look at any items brought in. The Mayor Jack Owen opened the proceedings with a few introductions of the many invited guests. The painting was unveiled by Steven Binks after a number of speeches, a video can be seen on You Tube of the entire event, shot by Robin Drury, also there is an East Anglian Daily Times article.
‘Goin Jessie’ was built in Wichita USA in late 1944. It was part of the USAF 486th Bombardment Group (Heavy) which was based at RAF Sudbury from March 1944 to August 1945 and was piloted by Frank Ellersick. It flew its last mission from Sudbury on 21/04/1945.
Sudbury Ephemera in collaboration with the Quay Theatre became Suffragettes for the day to protest that Women deserved the vote! The group of Suffragettes marched through town handing out publicity leaflets and chanting:
Come and See
At the Quay
No Vote yet
For the Suffragette!!
Then we stormed the Town Hall demanding to see the Mayor, who invited us in for refreshments.
The idea behind this outing was to publicise the forthcoming screening of the film ‘Suffragette’ that was shown on Tuesday 8th March. There will be a repeat showing of the film in April but no Suffragettes!
On Tuesday 8th March 2016 when the Quay ran the film Suffragette we were there before, during and after the two performances, handing out both our leaflets and the Quay Theatre’s advertising leaflets.
Many thanks to photographers Bob Andrews, Mike Davies and Jeremy Cheshire.
Sunday 30th August 2015
Sunday dawned grey and overcast, but we were blessed with a dry day and not too hot for the costumes we wore. The theme was the 1960s to 1970s. We chose to recreate The Pickwick Club which was active in Sudbury between 1973 till 1999.
Sudbury was known in the 19th century for its political shenanigans and corrupt elections and so Charles Dickens used Sudbury as the basis for his town ‘Eatanswill’ (eat and swill!) in his novel The Pickwick Papers.
In the early 20th century the Eatanswill Society was set up in Sudbury. Members portrayed characters from The Pickwick Papers. They enjoyed dining and drinking at local hotels and inns but the Society dwindled and was wound up.
About 1973 it was revived as the Pickwick Club and members once again portrayed Pickwickian characters, held mock elections and even published the Eatanswill Gazette. They enjoyed travelling by stagecoach to drink and dine in local hostelries. The Pickwick Club continued for around 25 years with the last dinner being held in 1999.
So, Sudbury’s Pickwick Club of the 1970s is recreated for the 2015 Sudbury Carnival.
There was no stagecoach or dining and drinking but, we hope, plenty of fun.
Below is a list of characters and the novels in which they appear:
|Mr Pickwick||Pickwick Papers|
|Mr Perker||Pickwick Papers|
|Isabella Wardle||Pickwick Papers|
|Uriah Heep||David Copperfield|
|Betsey Trotwood||David Copperfield|
|Dora Spenlow||David Copperfield|
|Miss Havisham||Great Expectations|
|Ebenezer Scrooge||A Christmas Carol|
|Madame Defarge||A Tale of Two Cities|
|Kate Nickleby||Nicholas Nickleby|
We were delighted to have a large number of characters.
The prizes for the floats went to:
3rd prize: Ceroc Dancers
2nd prize: Gypsy Tractor and Trailer
Overall winner: Cancer Research UK – Give Peace a Chance!!
A very worthy winner!
See also the article Carnival magic as crowds gather in Sudbury for parade fun in the East Anglian Daily Times online edition.
Sunday 24th August
Sudbury Suffragettes (alias Sudbury Ephemera Archive with the help of members from The Sudbury History Group and the Sudbury Society) joined in the fun of the the procession in the Sudbury Carnival on Sunday 24th August.
A great day and much fun was had by all who joined the procession. When later we learnt that we had been judged ‘The Best Float’ there was much rejoicing and merriment. It is the first time I have ever been called a Best Float!!!!
The long awaited Sudbury Carnival returned to the town on Sunday 24th August, it has been well over 20 years since the town last held a Carnival.
The weather was helpful, it was sunny without being so hot the entrants were over heated. and the rain stayed away all day.
Delphi Sports and Social Centre was the collecting point for the entrants prior to the start of the procession at 12.30pm
Sudbury Ephemera Archive once again turned back the clock to appear as Sudbury Suffragettes.
The procession wound it’s way around the town amidst a lot of noise and excitement. The Suffragettes were warmly received and many leaflets given to the numerous towns people that had turned out to watch.
After the procession returned to Delphi there was a chance to mingle and meet the other entrants.
One of the entrants was the young star of the Warhorse film, Joey aka Augustus who is trained by Andy Butcher of AB Film Horses.
The Suffragettes were lucky enough to be able to get a photo taken with the star, bringing together the memories of Emily Wilding Davieson who was killed under the Kings Horse during the Epsom Derby in 1913, and the huge part that many horses played during the Great War.
Memories are what the Ephemera Archive is all about. We want your paper memorabilia of both the wars plus we would love to be able to record the voices of the older generation that can remember the second world war, both here at home and those service men and women who returned to civilian life when it was all over.
The weekend weather wasn’t kind to the exhibitors or visitors to the 31st Vintage Rally 2014 run by the Farm Machinery Preservation Society Ltd
Our stand was set up on the Friday night amidst a site which was a hive of industry and a buzz of anticipation for the weekend to come.
SEA was present on the Sunday rather than both the days. When we arrived on the Sunday a number of other exhibitors had admitted defeat in the face of the persistant rain and packed up. Stands with anything in paper or boxes were struggling to keep them dry.
Our pitch had a ringside view of the Second ring which kept us amused throughout the day. We had displays from Hawks, motor bikes, mountain bikes, a Youth band, sheepdogs and model tractors.
We had a slow start but managed to chat to a wide variety of people who had varied interests in Sudbury and what we are doing to preserve its heritage in paper.
Altogether despite the miserable weather, Sudbury Ephemera had a good day promoting the Archive.