Residents in a rural Warwickshire village will be able to take a stroll down memory lane this weekend thanks to an extensive exhibition by a local history group.
The first exhibition by Barford Heritage Group is the fruit of six months work and a grant of £25,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative, which is administered by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The group has developed heritage trails, oral and written histories, and also put together a collection of maps detailing finds dating back to Neolithic times.
It has also collected archive photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition will include a small period 'pub' area, so that residents can share their memories with the heritage team.
Chairman of the Barford Heritage Group, Dr Maggie Hayward, said they had uncovered imaginative ways the village created energy in years gone by.
"We have discovered the remains of a gasometer which probably stored methane gas produced as a by-product from polo ponies in stables belonging to the then squire, Charles Smith-Ryland," she said.
"We also had one of the first gasworks in the country, long since closed. And the old cornmill, mentioned in Domesday Book, for a time generated electricity for the village, so we can really claim to be at the forefront of renewable energy sources."
A variety of famous names have lived in Barford including social reformer Joseph Arch, novelists Elizabeth Gaskell and Evelyn Waugh, and actors Billie Whitelaw and Patrick Stewart.
The whole project is expected to take three years.
The Barford Heritage Exhibition runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Memorial Hall.