The various pieces that form the display are the handiwork of Wyndham & Kathy Thomas. It was first erected as a display in February 2009, in the Heritage Centre at Arnold House, 31 High Street, Corsham. It therefore must be appreciated that care has to be exercised when interpreting the “now” where this display is concerned. That “now” is already 6 years ago! Some things have changed in that short time – but not so very much compared to the changes between the “Past” and the “Present”.
Prior to mounting the original display, Wyndham & Kathy had created and published, beginning in 2005, a series of Greetings Cards and an “Anniversary Calendar”, both using the title Corsham – Past and Present, taking as the theme the comparison of what was once and what is “now” at various locations around the town centre. Both were branded “Corsham Civic Society” and were offered for sale at the Corsham TIC. (Many of us bought some of both items. They were / still are extremely attractive. A copy of the Calendar is to be found at the end of a wall cabinet in the CAH Chairman’s kitchen. He and his wife use it to record their family’s key dates – marriages, births and deaths, etc. He says he and his wife wouldn’t be without it!)
It is clear that Wyndham & Kathy put a huge amount of effort into researching and presenting the material in this work. We salute them both and are so pleased they decided to make Corsham their home.
With the help of our good friends at Corsham Print and Right Angle Picture Framing, this new display goes ‘live’ Monday, 30 March. We aim to keep it up there until 2 May – at which point we’ll replace it with another from our series depicting Corsham over more recent years. We’re working on it right now. They just keep on coming!