Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is planning to compile a record of how Uckfield people managed, and how the community responded, during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Once the project is launched more information will be available, but, for now, the centre is asking people to bear them in mind.
Jeff Holman, of Bridge Cottage, said the heritage centre’s local history archive contains a growing number of books, maps, photographs, memories, objects etc, donated largely by local people and they have always been very grateful for these.
“Together, they add to our record of the history of Uckfield and the surrounding areas, and have provided much of the content of recent exhibitions in Bridge Cottage.”
He asks that if you are using your time at home during the lockdown to have a good clear out, and have come across anything that could be added to the archive, do think of the heritage centre.
Jeff added: “It might be a picture of family members at work locally, memories of time at school, or in a youth or sports club. There may be pictures, programmes, catalogues, etc, relating to shops, or a street 30 years (or 100 years) ago, carnivals, trains. If it adds to our store of local knowledge, we would love to see it.”
Jeff said: “Clearly, we are not in a position to receive anything, or to meet people, at the moment, so we will make contact again when things improve.
“However, if you would like to notify us of anything relating to either of these requests, you can email us at email@example.com. We will respond, but it may not be for some time. Please don’t ring us – there’s no-one in the office.”
Another project being put together by Bridge Cottage is a booklet of information about Uckfield Council Houses.
The first to be built in town were on Selby Road and Vernon Road.
Bridge Cottage would like to hear from you if you have any pictures and/or memories of early council house life in town that you would be prepared to share. The email address to contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
The photograph below was taken in Selby Road, possibly in the 1930s.