The Family Adams Project

1880-1930: Fifty Years of Unique History of a Fenland Community

The Family Adams Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is saving for future reference a vital aspect of community heritage found in the history of J H Adams, Ironmongers, 17 Main Street, in the conservation area of Littleport, Cambridgeshire. J.H. Adams has served local residents and Cambridgeshire-wide customers for more than 100 years.

Major aims of the project include exploring the past, talking with young and older members of Littleport, collecting and recording memories, stories and images.  Activities of local people and associated objects, perhaps unseen since the 1900’s, still significant in the life of the Fens, will remind us of traditions upon which present day events such as children’s outings and skating on ice, have their origins. Littleport has a truly original place in history including a mention in the Doomsday Book.

The project started with a single Littleport resident realizing the significance of the shop and bringing together a group of local people who worked with ADeC to develop their ideas and put together a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The process of agreeing the project aims and writing the bid took some time, but the outcome was well worth the effort.

The project is being delivered in partnership between The Word Garden and ADeC (Arts Development East Cambridgeshire). Please visit the website for more information

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