The first is a series of bank ledgers dating from around 1908 to 1915, which were found in a building in Wine Street, Yeovil. These are particularly notable as they reveal details of many leading families and provide a fascinating insight in to Yeovil life at the time.
The second is a significant collection from the Yeovil-based artist, known as ‘Wilf’, the late great Yeovil artist, poet, musician and activist.
The group of over 20 works, including the ‘Punks in Glovers Walk’ series, has been given into the care of the Centre by Graham Moores, a long-time friend and collaborator of Wilf. Most of the works were included in two recent exhibitions at The Octagon in Yeovil – ‘The Grotty Hand of Wilf’ (2011) and ‘For The Record’ (2012).
Along with the group of paintings are hundreds of Wilf’s letters and postcards, sent to Graham during their 30 year friendship. They contain many sketches, illustrations and photocopies of his work along with 96 decorated compact cassette ‘mix-tapes’ of his very eclectic musical influences. Hopefully the letters will be an aid to understanding Wilf, how he worked, his influences and love of the town he lived in.
Both the ledgers and Wilf’s work can be viewed by appointment only at CHAC, SSDC Lufton Depot, 7 Artillery Road, Lufton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RP Tel: 01935 462855
or email: [email protected]
Sylvia Seal, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture said, “These two donations to the Community Heritage Access Centre helps to preserve the history of Yeovil and it also safeguards the objects for many years. There is a wide selection of Yeovil and South Somerset based items that can be easily accessed and displayed for the benefit of the community.”