July – Beyond the Point Wins BEST NATIONAL COMMUNITY ARCHIVE

Hello Beyond the Point readers, and many thanks for reading this blog post now and my, what an exclusive one it is! A week today Beyond the Point will proudly be celebrating two years of exploring, blogging and filming and it’s been an amazing couple of years! Starting off as just a .wordpress.com blog we have come so far now having a proper domain name, YouTube channel with over 6 hours worth of videos, very strong links within the community and most of all we have promoted local history. We are most excited about our recent news which we have had to keep secret for a few months however we can now reveal all.

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Last year we submitted a nomination to the Community Archives and Heritage Group for their annual awards. They describe themselves as “a national group which aims to support and promote community archives in the UK & Ireland. We bring together bodies and organisations concerned with Community Archives, and provide a forum for the regular exchange of views and information.” We were absolutely over the moon to be told that we have won the title for ‘Best Online Website 2012’. This is an amazing achievement in which we can now say we’re an award winning website however that’s not the only thing we won! We also won the biggest award of ‘Community Archive of the Year‘ The original email stated:

Congratulations on Beyond the Point being the overall winner of the CAHG awards for this year.  When we wrote to you initially we mentioned  how impressed we were with what you have done and that we would like you to speak at our annual conference on 10 July. If you can get half as much enthusiasm across in your talk as you did in your awards submission they’ll love you.  Everyone just loved the idea of you going off and doing something practical.

The event today was extremely lovely with many fantastic comments such as “You are inspirational” and many more. Comments from TV Presenter, Nick Barratt, were particularly reassuring. You can following the Twitter Trend from today’s event here. We are extremely proud of today and have met some amazing people. A video will be going on Beyond the Point TV next week, combined with clips from our local celebratory event next week.

Watch our speech here:

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