HistoricAL artefacts displaying Lee-on-the-Solent’s heritage are being donated by residents.
The Lee Residents Association and the Lee-on-the-Solent Library have come together to put artefacts and historical items on display in the library.
Residents came up with the idea for a display, after attending the Lee Historic Waterfront Walk and Talk, a guided tour which explores the history of the area.
One resident went to walk leader, Ray Harding, and explained that no one in her family wanted an artefact she had, so asked if it would be of any use to him in the display.
Ray has been so grateful to all the residents who are willing to donate items to the display. He said: ‘Some families have such interesting things stored away in their cupboards, it’s really nice when other local people get to see them.’
Library supervisor, Marie Jeffery, is working closely with Ray and has been very supportive of the new project.
Marie has already arranged a new cabinet to be permanently installed in the library for the artefacts to be displayed, with some items already on show.
Ray is encouraging people to bring their artefacts forward by advertising through the Lee Residents Association newsletter and website.
He hopes more local residents will bring their interesting items forward, so that he will be able to update and change the display frequently.
Items which have already been loaned include a ticket to the Gosport Cycling Club Annual Dinner at Lee Tower Ballroom from January 1954 and photographs of the survivors of HMS Ark Royal sunk off Malta in 1941 at HMS Daedalus.
Many of the items are over fifty years old, including an Air Raid Precautions handbook and the Fire Guards handbook.
‘Some of the items are really fascinating, it’s nice to know what local people have been involved in throughout their life which many of us weren’t alive to see,’ added Ray.
Residents willing to loan their items should visit leeresidents.org.uk.