New website boosts local history research

Buriton Heritage Bank’s website gets a new look – with more information

Buriton’s innovative local history project was launched in 2001: to collect information, to record it for all time and to share it as widely as possible.

As the years have passed the role of the internet and websites have increased the knowledge about life in Buriton in years gone by and the coordinators, the Buriton Village Association, felt the time was right to refresh the look of the local website and make sure that it suits all forms of modern media devices.

The overhaul means that more space is now devoted to each of the main projects as well as a wide range of local history summaries, news, events and publication details. The pdf summaries of the First World War project (providing information about the activities and events of 100 years ago – as seen through local eyes) ‘in real time’, season by season are particularly informative.

The refreshed website is already attracting comments and information from near and far:

  • “What a wonderful website you have created!” (Matthew Goodwin, Hampshire Records Office)
  • “I thought it was fantastic before – but I cannot come up with enough superlatives to describe how it looks now” (Pat from Hambledon)
  • “The new site looks really impressive and enticing for people to look further” (Alicia from Petersfield)
  • “I always enjoy flicking through your website pages and I do like the new format very much. We have tried to do something similar in our town, Princes Risborough in Bucks, where we live. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring others” (Mike from Buckinghamshire)
  • “I found it very easy to use and nicely designed, as well as full of interesting information” (Ruth from Bristol)
  • “The site looks great; keep up the great work” (Chris from Canada).

As well as praise, the new-look website has already brought in more information about a number of village families and yet more old photographs to add to the archives.

If you think that you might be able to help with any information about the local history of the parish, please contact Doug Jones (01730 231326 or heritage@buriton.org.uk)