If you have been in the garden at Age Exchange you may well have noticed the small building marked ‘Archive’. You may have even wondered what was in it… Well, it actually houses an amazing collection, ranging from clothing, gramophones and photographs; to medical equipment, First World War memorabilia, Victoriana, and much more.
The Archive Project is an extension of the Inspired Caring Group for people living with dementia and their carers, which meets at the Age Exchange centre on Mondays. The Archive Team includes Liz, Colin, Jim and Steve, and more recently Gerry. Initially, there was only room for two people to work within the archive itself and we had to find additional space wherever we could, including the cafe.
We are always surprised at the range of personal items people have donated over the years. We have hundreds of photographs and many personal papers and letters. One item of particular interest is an Imperial Service Medal issued during the reign of George VI (1937 – 1952) whose image is found the obverse face. The inscription on the reverse reads ‘For Faithful Service’
From some internet research we have found out that the medal was established in 1902 by King Edward VII and is affiliated to the Imperial Service Order. It is awarded to civil servants on retirement in recognition of long service. The ribbon pattern is the same as the Imperial Service Order. It was last awarded in 2016.
We hope to bring you regular updates of the project including more items of interest. Feel free to get in touch in the Contact section.
-The Age Exchange Archive Team