History of Pinewood on show at Memento DayBy Julie Spencer
September 21, 2012
Memories of Pinewood were shared at a Memento Day organised by historians hoping to set up a museum on the site of the former TB sanatorium.
The Heritage Committee, working with Wokingham Without Parish Council, invited history groups to the event, which aimed to unearth more about the area’s history.
The Antiques Roadshow-style day formed part of the committee’s appeal to find personal memories or artefacts associated with sanatorium, which opened in 1901.
Moira Macbeth, committee chairwoman, said: “People brought along one or two interesting things, including old maps, which we were able to photocopy.”
Displays investigating 100 years of scouting in the area and the history of the Bigshotte School interested visitors to St Sebastian’s Memorial Hall on September 9.
Crowthorne shoe shop Newmans, which started as a saddlery 100 years ago, put on a display detailing its history.
The committee is already collating photographs, documents and personal memories of some of the medical staff and families associated with the Pinewood sanatorium.
The dream is to build a museum on the site although an earlier plan to refurbish an original Nissen Hut to house the collection was shelved because of the cost.
The day coincided with National Heritage Day.
A talk by Moira and Sue Hester on Pinewood takes place tomorrow (Friday) at St Sebastian’s Mem-orial Hall at 7.30pm. Entry costs £2.