‘I called in a house historian to find out about my home’

Margaret and Graham Neville (seated) with Jill Ming and Jackie Miller looking at Colliers Hill house history

Margaret and Graham Neville (seated) with Jill Ming and Jackie Miller looking at Colliers Hill house history

Jackie Miller lives with her two children in a Georgian farmhouse in Colliers Hill, Worcestershire. Keen to find out more about it, she contacted house historian Jill Ming.

Jackie said ‘One of the things Jill discovered was that during World War II the Ministry of Agriculture had used the farm as a base for conscientious objectors. She came across a bundle of letters in the record office written between 1942 and 1944 by one of the objectors, Canon Graham Neville and got in touch with him to find out more. The letters describe some of the hardships of life during the war, in particular the food, which appeared to be mostly sandwiches – date, paste or apple!’

‘I’m fascinated by social history’ said Jackie, ‘and am really interested in local food, and knowing more about my home’s history has made me feel more like part of the community. It makes a real difference knowing you are part of the living history of your area.’

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