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Community engagement – we have over 40 members, we hold monthly meetings, annual exhibitions, we publish progress monthly in three local magazines, we have this website and a Facebook page. What else can we do?
Dorset County Museum have many artefacts from Milton Abbas – we would love to photograph these and record them for our catalogue.
There are also some documents, photographs (including aerial photographs) and books in the Dorset County Museum library which need digitising and recording.
The place, field, road and track names and their origins are given in A D Mills, Place Names of Dorset, Part 3, 1989. We would love to map and photograph these and record in Pinterest, Google Earth or GIS.
We have 100 listed buildings and monuments in Milton Abbas. These need to be photographed and recorded.
Milton Abbas has the most wonderful Capability Brown landscape, believed by the country’s leading expert to be in the top 5 and a prime example of his late work. The views were designed to be seen from horseback or carriage. Wouldn’t it be great to record it by drone mounted camera?
We would like to record the Parish Boundary, including photographing it, and recording the plant species in the hedges.
We have not yet found the Diocesan archives for the peculiar of Milton Abbas. We know they did exist because we have the calendar of wills proved there.
Our earliest map dates to 1652 and is at the Dorset History Centre. We have a digital copy which we would love to annotate and digitally overlay onto a modern map, possibly using GIS or Photoshop.
For family history we wish to explore adjacent parishes for births, marriages and burials, then carry out demographic analysis to see if Milton Abbas was in any way different. We also need to know who moved into and out of the parish.
No archaeology has been done in Milton Abbas parish in the 20th century, except from exploratory trenches near the Abbey by the Royal Commission in the 1950’s. With all the modern techniques now available there are ample opportunities for non-invasive surveys.
Metal detecting: we know that detectorists are around because they have been seen, and one object has been reported to the County Finds Officer. It would be great to be in touch with them.
We would like to develop a history trail for visitors and walkers. We have the information (not least from Chris Fookes’ guide book), but it would be great if a walker could develop a trail.
The transcription of the Overseers of the Poor books is going well, but more needs to be done before we can begin the analysis.
We have no idea what the weather was like in the 18th and early 19th centuries. For example it has been suggested that the lake failed to fill after about 1780 because of a series of dry years. Is this true? We know that the prices of grain fluctuated during the years of war with France, but how did the weather affect agricultural production from 1750 – 1830?