Although I have had the club’s archives since 2010, I hadn’t presented any public display previously so when it was suggested by the Western Midlands organising committee there might be an archives display at this year’s AOG I approached it with some trepidation.
As these things happen by chance, while back marking the Shrewsbury town walk on the Saturday, I ended up talking to Rob Foster. Rob was instrumental in putting the archives together for the first ten years and responsible for a lot of material in the archives, especially for its formative years. With an increase of enthusiasm, I was determined to fight against my lack of confidence and to show off the archives that evening.
The first questions were of when and where I would do this. When was logical: after dinner when most would have gone to the bar. Where? Who would have thought that an area near the corridor between the disco and toilets would be advantageous!
I set up two tables to display a sample of items including a brief history of the club, the original events banner, two t-shirts, a couple of photo albums and a selection of newsletters from over the years. Despite brining a small amount, there were still some items that never made the display due to space.
But still another question begged, would anyone be interested?
Any fears I had were soon overcome due to the response (and two or three vodka & oranges helped!), with an increasing amount of people frequently coming to inspect what was on offer, whether specifically or en route to the loo, by reading the info, asking questions and browsing through the newsletters.
I had some great feedback, including offers to contribute material (what I hoped for) and requests to scan an article from a newsletter that had piqued their interest.
From this I am encouraged to do more events in the future so please keep any eye out for more items from GOC’s past.
Simon Ball, GOC Archivist.
If you do have any GOC material you would like to contribute, please contact me via the contact page by selecting ‘Archivist’.