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Odiham's history put on display at national British heritage event
ODIHAM’S rich and diverse history was put on display as part of a national event celebrating British heritage.
The Odiham Society held an exhibition of the village’s history at the Grade II listed Cross Barn last Saturday as part of Heritage Open Days. The national initiative, supported by The National Trust, The Heritage Alliance, and Civic Voice, opens up historical buildings which are normally restricted to public access.
The Cross Barn – which was built in 1532 – is believed to be the oldest surviving brick-built barn in the country and is now rented out to community groups and also holds a monthly cinema.
Inside, visitors were able to browse exhibits, illustrating 500 years of Odiham’s history.
Sue Smith, secretary of the Odiham Society, displayed her long-running project to uncover the life stories of all the people named on Odiham’s war memorial at the end of the High Street. And members of the society’s ambitious tapestry project showcased their progress. The team is creating a hand-stitched tapestry, depicting key events from Odiham’s history, to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta next year.
John Champion, chairman of the Odiham Society, said he hoped the event would inspire people to take an interest in their village.
“We do events like this for the benefit of the public,” he said. “That’s what we are here for, to stimulate interest in the hope that people will be persuaded to learn and read a bit more.”
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