Insole Court Collection

Insole Court holds a focused collection of objects and documents related to the history of Insole Court and the lives that have been intertwined with it.

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Who we are

The collection contains an archive and is housed in our dedicated archive room. The collections are managed by a small team of researchers. We are continually in the process of improving and refining the system in which our collection is housed. Our role is to catalogue and preserve the collection as well as to facilitate access to the holdings. We have a variety of interested visitors ranging from researchers to artists to members of the public who have fond memories of Insole Court from their own past.

The collections maintain a symbiotic relationship with our researchers. In addition to our main collection we have a reference collection consisting of documents accumulated by the researchers during their investigations. Researchers also enjoy the use of our dedicated archive room to further their studies. The group meets here regularly to share their new discoveries leading to future avenues of examination.

With the generous support of the Trust and the Friends of Insole Court we have been able to begin our journey of conservation and organisation, however we have a long way ahead of us. We rely on funding from members of the public and like-minded organisations. Any help is very greatly appreciated.

For any questions about our research or holdings please get in touch at the email below. Alternatively, if you have any information about or memories of Insole Court or would like to support our work please contact us at [email protected].

What we have

Insole Court holds a number of historic items which relate to the history of Insole Court and the people whose lives were intertwined with it. Our collection includes medals, maps, photographs, household items and oral history testimony, among other things.

We have extensive material on the history of the house. Insole Court has lived through many regenerations since building work first began on it in 1856. We have plans, maps, minutes, newsletters and more relating to the compulsory purchase order in 1932 and subsequent development of Insole Court under the ownership of the council. We also have a large collection documenting the fight to save Insole Court and return it to the community.

Our collection includes:

  • maps
  • plans
  • photographs and films
  • digital files
  • sound recordings
  • minutes
  • letters
  • newsletters
  • newspaper cuttings
  • postcards

For any questions about our research or holdings please get in touch at the email below. Alternatively, if you have any information about or memories of Insole Court or would like to support our work please contact us at [email protected].


Visiting the collection

You are most welcome to visit the Insole Court Collection.

Appointments are essential. Please contact us in advance at [email protected] with as much detail as possible of your area of interest so that we may forward your enquiry to the appropriate member of the team. We will then be able to help you discover whether we have anything that could be of use to you and prepare any such materials in advance.

Opening hours:

Insole Court Mansion is open between 10am and 4pm daily. Our collections team are happy to meet with you within these hours upon prior arrangement.

To get in touch with us please email [email protected]. We would love to hear from you and be very happy to help.

Finding the archive:

We are based in the Mansion at Insole Court. On your arrival the staff in the main house will be able to assist you.

Donations

Insole Court Collection is run mainly through the hard work of volunteers. We rely heavily on the generosity of interested individuals and like-minded organisations. If you would like to make a donation to help us continue our work preserving and caring for Insole Court’s history and to help us make the collection even more accessible to visitors and researchers alike, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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