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Haverhill historians embark on a new year with 2020 vision

With 2020 not just being the current calendar year but also a figure associated with vision, the Haverhill and District Local History Group's new project is an apposite one.

The group is undertaking a year-long 'snapshot' of Haverhill that it hopes will become a resource for historians, genealogists and students of the future.

Paul Bond, from the group, said: "We are living at a turning point in history; society is changing, an increasing reliance on the internet has reduced the demand for physical shops – a change already evident with new outlets, supplying services rather than goods.

Haverhill & District Local History Group members Paul Bond and Tony Turner. Contributed picture
Haverhill & District Local History Group members Paul Bond and Tony Turner. Contributed picture

"The next 25 years is also expected to bring a significant change to the vehicles on our roads, and, even further ahead, future generations will be amazed that we actually steered vehicles ourselves."

The group will be trying to photograph as much of the whole town as possible, including the rarely photographed industrial and housing estate and will record public events, so there are pictures of the people of the town, as well as buildings and transport.

They are also hoping other images will be donated to help to fill in some of the gaps in recent history, for example, the 1980’s era of chunky, green screen word processors in offices is poorly recorded.

Details of the jobs and homes of local people and the 400 plus local businesses will also be recorded.

Paul added: "There will be opportunities for all ages and abilities to get involved, either to help with photography or the associated on-line research for this one-year project.

"Perhaps your town or village could consider their own ‘2020 Vision’?"

Anyone would like to contribute photos or get more details on what is required, should contact haverhillhistuk@gmail.com or 01440 714962.

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