Heritage is what makes us who we are. It’s what gives warmth to the places that we live and depth to the lives that we lead. This is why I was enormously proud and excited to be appointed as the Heritage Marketing Officer for Barton-upon-Humber, my hometown, earlier this month.
In this role, I’ll be working with a great team at The Ropewalk and The Wilderspin School Museum with support from The Civic Society (Apologies for all the links, but the museums are really worth a visit). We’ll be taking a little look at the amazing history that has made the town of Barton what it is today and working to build up the cultural profile of what is in fact, a town with an enormously colourful heritage and a lot of cultural depth.
In fact, the town is:
- The site of one of Britain’s only surviving pre-Norman parish churches.
- Home to Chad Varah, who started the Samaritans, the world’s first emotional crisis helpline, and ran one of the UK’s most successful comics.
- Speaking of comics, it’s also the birthplace of Desperate Dan.
- Seen the film Get Carter? That came from here.
- As did shorthand, Wesleyanism, the chronometer, one of Britain’s oldest Roman coins and the rope that Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing used to climb Everest!
But enough of that; one of my main online responsibilities will be to keep Barton’s Blog up to date, giving the people of the town information on cultural delights, heritage events and little bits of history on a weekly basis. You’ll also be able to see the efforts of me and my colleague Joanne Marwood on Historic Barton’s Facebook page.
So here’s to Barton!