This page lists the exciting possibilities for projects which have been put forward. They indicate projects which have not yet been started. I you wish to become involved in any of these, in any capacity either to particiapate or to lead, then speak to the current Chair or any committee member or use the Contact Us form on this site.
This is a list of just some of the projects which could be undertaken on the history of Cerne Abbas. Most of these are equally applicable to other villages in the valley such as Godmanstone and Minterne Magna. It is by no means a comprehensive list but all the ideas came from members. Let us know if you have any more. It is the Committee’s aim to get members actively involved.
Produce a record of all grade 1 and grade 2 listed buildings, monuments and artefacts.
Photograph village street scenes and compare with a historical view of the same scene – ‘Then and Now.’ These could be featured on the website.
- Living History
There are many people whose memories still need to be recorded, either on DVD, audio or as a magazine type interview.
All the milestones in the valley need to be identified, logged, cleaned where appropriate and photographed.
Produce a booklet on village history along the lines of the display under the Church tower.
Re-print ‘Lest We Forget’ booklet about names from World War 1 on the village war memorial.
Produce a leaflet about the Cerne Historical Society – what it is and what it does.
We have a fairly comprehensive collection of maps, both from the Ordnance Survey and other sources which could lead to projects looking at changes in land use.
Bomb damage in Cerne and locations of local impact sites
Air raid shelters.
Stories behind the names on the village war memorial from World War 2.
Origins and changes to rights-of-way and other footpaths over time.
History of turnpike trusts that came to the village.
- The School
Memories of former pupils.
History of Buildings and sites
Leather working and tanning. Buildings, stories.
Brewing. Map of locations of all the pubs.
- Water in Cerne
Mill workings, hatches and sluices, wells and pumps, the River Silley, the water meadows, sewers, flood relief.
What happened to the farms that were in the village at the beginning of the C20th?
Record memories of people who worked on the land who are still alive in the village.
- Dorset Historic Towns Project – recommendations for further research in Cerne Abbas
The origin and form of Cerne Abbey.
The origins and form of the late Saxon and early medieval town.
The medieval and post-medieval development of the town, its economy, industry and secular buildings.