The ODIN Database Project

Odin Database Bishopsteignton Heritage

The ODIN (Online Data INterface) Project shares its name with the Norse god of knowledge and wisdom. It seeks to record and map every detail that Bishopsteignton Heritage acquires in order to most effectively tell the stories of the people, places, events and environment surrounding our village and is specifically designed to make the best use of all of our projects – like the ones mentioned below – please get involved!

The eventual goal will be to allow visitors to the website to navigate their own journeys through our history – travelling from person to person, place to place being able to view pictures, documents and other items relating to them and facilitate research.

Our first step in this direction can be seen with the Parish Census Search Tool released earlier this year. The great news is you don’t have to be a technical geek to take part! Just an enquiring mind and an interest in exploring our village heritage first hand. That said, some help with the technical aspects would also be most welcome!

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Digitisation Project

Digitisation at the Hub

The Bishopsteignton Heritage Team have begun the exciting digitisation phase of the ongoing database project. While the Heritage Hub has been closed, our Archivist has been preparing our newly acquired specialist equipment to be ready for use. We will be creating quality digital versions of archive material held at the Hub and as supplied by the Bishopsteignton community that can be put to many good uses such as enhancing the incredible stories being revealed and recorded on our website. Over the winter, we will be creating some ‘How To’ digitisation guides as well as instruction videos to help train our volunteers to be a part of this worthwhile and fascinating activity.

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Bishopsteignton Football Club

Bishopsteignton Football Team Circa 1921

2020 marked the centenary of the Bishopsteignton Football Club. In order to celebrate this we would like to collect material associated with each decade of their existence. We have material in the archive that is being digitised and identified, but there must be people in the village who have their own collection of memorabilia that we could tap into.

Were you once in the team? Or your father or grandfather? Do you have photos or memories to share? if you are interested in exploring this topic or contributing to the project in some way, please let us know. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for research, storytelling, or photography and digitisation. A variety of skills are needed to put the story together, and make a really interesting article.

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Where do you Think You Are?

Fore Street Bishopsteignton

The January 2021 edition of Who do you Think You Are? magazine features an article  on Bishopsteignton Heritage and what we have been achieving over the past two years. This gave us the idea that we should start our own quest to uncover the history of houses in the village and who their previous occupants were. At our inaugural meeting in 2018 quite a few residents brought along the deeds of their properties, which could uncover the story of the dwelling. Now, after some investment in equipment and a newly equipped HUB, we are in a position to digitise and copy such deeds, as well as photographs of the buildings, then and now. The census records we have, up until 1939, can reveal which buildings are still in situ, which have been renamed or rebuilt, and who lived there in the past. This project would be of great interest to anyone with an enquiring mind, photographic skills and a love of telling that story.

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The History of Bishopsteignton Scouting

We are very excited to be helping with this project, which is to be part of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme undertaken by one of the Explorer Scouts. Many of the artefacts and photographs of scouting memorabilia that had once been in the Bishopsteignton Museum are now in the possession of the Scout group, and we shall be assisting with the project in terms of training in researching, archiving, interviewing, scanning, and uploading onto the Bishopsteignton Heritage website.

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Bishopsteignton Primary School

Bishopsteignton School Band 1905

In 2023 Bishopsteignton Primary School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in its present building. Of course the school itself has been in existence for much longer and the building that is now the Community Centre and HUB was the home of the school for many years. We are intending to  trace the development of the school and the history of it in the former building. We hope to encourage the involvement of the present pupils, parents and staff of the Junior school. If you can contribute to the story of the school, or would be interested in researching the topic or presenting the project in a way that would encourage the participation of the students, please do let us know.

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Bishopsteignton Twinning Association

2018 Twinning outside Saltram House

2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning Association, which could not be celebrated. With the death of Maggie Sullivan, a founder member, her collection of documents and memorabilia has gone to the Association so we are intending to put together a suitable memorial and celebration of the history of this popular Village group.

If you are interested in the Twinning Association or are a past or present member with stories to tell, or photographs of your own experience, please get in touch and join the research team on this project.

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Village Festival and Carnivals

The next village festival will take place in 2022 with fundraising events planned for 2021 if circumstances allow. Before our present biennial festival the residents of Bishopsteignton put on some amazing carnivals over many years and there is a lot of photographic evidence in the archive and in villagers’ photo collections.

We are hoping that residents with memories or photos of the past carnival processions will be tempted to join in this project and help us tell the story of this great village tradition. If you have had any involvement with the festivals or the carnivals, please do join us in our attempt to bring these occasions alive again on the website.

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Bishopsteignton Players

Bishopsteignton Players

Here at BH we have several photo albums in the archive of past Players’ productions, along with the the history of the children’s theatre, several programmes and photos. Many villagers are still living who participated in the productions and may have more photographic evidence in their own collections.

The first Players production was in the 1960s so there could well be another anniversary coming up! Meanwhile, the current Players are still going strong, and have even managed to stage a production outdoors, during the pandemic.

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