Cerne Historical Society’s Audio Visual Archive
Available for members to view and use for research.
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Dave Fox – Video 1 Local retired builder, wit and raconteur. Born in the village to a large local family, Dave recalls some of his life experiences.
Dave Fox – Video 2
A Tale of Cerne – Production video – Aug 1987 An amateur video of Cerne’s own epic production to mark the Millenium of the founding of the the Benedictine Abbey of Cerne Abbas in 987AD.
Mike Collins carpenter, allotmenteer and family man.
Tommy Dunn village butcher, Cerne property developer and collector of village memorabilia.
Paul Fancy: Tyneham. This is the supporting video to the talk given by Range Warden Paul Fancy on 23 Feb 2017. Paul has built up a considerable knowledge and has become emotionally connected with the place. There is now only being a handful of people alive who lived in the Tyneham area prior to 1943 when the MOD evacuated the village prior to the requisition of neighbouring heathland as wartime Ranges. It has been MOD property ever since. The villagers are unlikely ever to return.
Away in a Village. Originally broadcast by the BBC in 1974, this documentary follows the pattern of village life in Cerne as Christmas draws near.
Lord Digby talks here to local resident Kate Adie about the Minterne House and the history of the Digby family which can be traced back in an unbroken line to 111 BC. He speaks of some of the famous family connections and colourful and influential figures who made their mark upon history.
Mione Fox, a lifelong Cerne resident, talks to Jonathan Still about her life in the village in this, a taster of the film soon to be seen at the Historical Society.
Hugh Mumford was vicar in the Parish from 1969 to 1989 and is fondly remembered. Here, he talks to Jonathan Still, the present incumbent, about what drew him to Cerne, his time in the village and the changes he saw.
Betty Marsh who was born in the village and educated at Minterne and Cerne schools recounts her early years and fascinating experiences. Her story can be found here.
Freddie Nurse, a longtime Cerne resident, talks to John Paterson about her life in India and how inportant Music has been in her life.
David Forrester gave a very worthwhile illustrated talk in Spetember 2016 on the History of Fordington. A recording plus selected slides may be found here.
Graham Clark from New Zealand visited Cerne in the Summer of 2016 for his family reunion. Helen, Mike and Andrew picked his brains about the methodology of his extensive research into his family history that he has carried out during the last 30 years, which includes his family’s dwelling places in Cerne and all the associated fascinating historical insights. The audio recording is in the archive.
Prof John Bourne’s powerful and well received lecture on “The Somme, ‘Black Saturday’ 1 July 1916”, which was recorded by the Society on 30 June 2016 is available in the archive. He makes reference to a map shown to members to illustrate his talk. The map may also be viewed in the archive.
Will Best’s tremendous illustrated talk on on the local abandoned farmstead Bushes Bottom near Godmanstone was recorded live on 26 May 2016 and is available by way of an audio recording with visual aids.
Frank Hamblin, Local Post Office manager, was asked to give a talk in the village hall about his Career in the PO. His talk may be heard as an audio recording.