Contents of tin trunk to be subject of Middleham local history talk

Middleham Key Centre.

The contents of an old tin trunk will be the subject of the next talk to Middleham and the Dales Local History Group.

Chris Hogg, a retired professional photographer and film maker is descended from families which have lived in Coverdale and Wensleydale for well over 250 years, these are the Hoggs, Storeys and Watsons.

His grandmother Amelia Hogg died aged 82 in 1967 and was laid to rest with her husband John among their kith and kin in Coverham Churchyard.

In due course he inherited a battered old tin trunk which had belonged to Amelia.

Work and family commitments meant that the trunk apart from an occasional raid for family photographs remained to one side and largely ignored until Chris retired.

When he eventually found the time to explore the contents it became clear that the photographs, ephemera, books and objects located inside revealed a personal family history, answering questions, opening up stories and giving insights into a way of Dales life which is now long gone.

The talk will be held at Middleham Key Centre on Tuesday, September 19 at 2pm.

Members, new members and visitors are always welcome, annual membership is £12 for 9 meetings and visitors can attend for £3 per meeting.

For more information contact Tony Keats on 01969 640436 or email