REEPHAM ARCHIVE

The collection of pictures and documents is housed in The Bircham Centre, named after Samuel Bircham who gave the house to Reepham as a reading room and war memorial in 1919. The Archive rooms are in the oldest part of the building that dates back to the 16th century. Hackford House, as the Bircham Centre was previously called, was an auxiliary hospital during the first world war (1914-1918).

1964...  Billy Fury visits Reepham.

Can you help with Reepham Archive?

Volunteers needed for Reepham Archive


The Reepham Archive is looking for additional volunteers. There are two specific
roles that the archive team seeks volunteers for (or a single volunteer to cover both
roles) as well volunteers to contribute to the work of the archive.
The archive is based in the Bircham Centre in Reepham. It has a large collection of
photographs, publications and documents, some more than 200 years old, relating to
Reepham and the surrounding area.

 

Archive administrator
The archive administrator will support the work of the archive. This voluntary role
will typically require a commitment of around an hour a week. The role can also be
combined with that of archive co-ordinator.
The main duties include:
 scheduling the use of the archive and responding to initial contacts, including
those received by email, telephone and visits to the archive
 taking the minutes of quarterly committee meetings and attending monthly
informal volunteer meetings
 preparing reports for the Bircham Centre trustees
 ordering and organising archive-grade materials and stationery
 liaising with the Bircham Centre manager
 general office duties
 social media and website subject to existing skills
 promoting the work of the archive
Ideally, the volunteer we seek for this role will have experience in general office
management and be competent in IT.


Archive co-ordinator
The co-ordinator role will support an established group of volunteers and take the
archive forward. It is envisaged that this voluntary role would require a commitment
of around four hours per week on average, including a contribution to archiving
activities.
The main duties include:
 co-ordinating the activities of the archive office
 supporting the team of volunteers
 promoting the archive
 recruiting new volunteers
 liaising with the Bircham Centre manager
Other volunteer roles

The archive also welcomes new volunteers to support its work. Volunteers may
contribute to any or all of the following activities:
 sorting and sifting of documents and photographs
 research, including responding to queries and for archive exhibitions
 recording and storage of information
If you have any time to spare, are interested in local history and are looking for an
enjoyable voluntary role, we would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer roles or have any questions, please
contact the archive by email.
The Reepham Archive is normally open on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the
month, from 10 am – 12 noon; other times by appointment.

Some photographs from the Reepham Archive

Some photographs from the Archive

If you have any photographs you would like to add to the Archive, please contact us by email (reephamarchive@gmail.com) or telephone The Bircham Centre on the number below.

Reg Fisher, Bombardier.

Reg Fisher, Bombardier.

Reg Fisher, Bombardier of Royal Field Artillery, in Uniform. 1914-1918.

The Ollands

The Ollands

The wonderful Ollands, before it was demolished c.1969.

GB-REE-1912071102 a Billy Fury 500.jpg

GB-REE-1912071102 a Billy Fury 500.jpg

Patients in the garden.jpg

Patients in the garden.jpg

Patients from the first World War recuperating in what is now the Bircham Centre garden.

Malthouse Cottage.

Malthouse Cottage.

Jimmy Hester and Mary Banmer.

Jimmy Hester and Mary Banmer.

Fisher's Shop

Fisher's Shop

Back Street Then

Back Street Then

Back Street Now

Back Street Now

WW1 market place.

WW1 market place.

Market Place North, showing what is now the courtyard of The Dial House. 1914 - 1918.

Boys football team. 1908-09

Boys football team. 1908-09

Unknown location as background. Do you know where this is or who any of the players are?

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GB-REE-1912071102 d Billy Fury.jpg

Townsend Corner Then

Townsend Corner Then

Townsend Corner - turn of the century.

Townsend Corner Now

Townsend Corner Now

Prize Bull with men.

Prize Bull with men.

This was taken outside the gates of The Old Rectory in Church Street, early 20th century (?)

Queen Mary and E T Ruffles

Queen Mary and E T Ruffles

Reepham Market Place West

Reepham Market Place West

This photo shows Reepham Market Place in about 1910. Thankfully, nothing much has changed!

Reepham Market Places East

Reepham Market Places East

Another view of Reepham Market Place. There used to be cattle pens in what are now the gardens of Station Cottages on Station Road.

St Mary's and St Michael's

St Mary's and St Michael's

St Mary's and St Michael's, still decked with ivy. You can also see a last bit of Hackford church in the foreground.

The Cardinal's Hat, Back Street

The Cardinal's Hat, Back Street

The oldest remaining private dwelling in Back Street in Reepham, saved from being consumed in the 'Great Fire' in 1543 by a gap between the buildings.