The Diaper Heritage Association
Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry

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Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund


No 4 January 2006

Exhibition Update

Letters have been sent out by the museum service to all those who registered that they had items they were willing to loan the exhibition. If you have items that you have not notified us about please get in touch (see numbers at the end of the newsletter). We will contact those who offered to take part oral history soon.

Family Tree

The tree has now grown to 4027, thanks to all those who have supplied information; we have a cut off date of the end of January in order to get the tree to the printers. We are hoping to include as many photos as possible, so please respond to requests, all photos will be scanned and the originals returned to their owners. We should have a price soon for printing individual copies for those geneologists who want a personal, professionally printed tree. If you are interested in ordering a copy (subject to cost) please let Julie or Angie know asap.


Thanks to those who volunteered and are working away on various aspects of research, there is still more do and the clock is ticking down to the exhibition, so please give us a call if you can give assistance in however small a way.


We have received £5000 from Awards for All to assist towards the events programme and trail leaflet. We have also received more individual donations and thank you for those. The major application has gone into the Heritage Lottery Fund and is currently being considered, there is fierce competition, so fingers crossed everyone. We could do with sponsorship, so if you have contacts with potential sponsors please let us know. Often companies will support projects with which their staff members are involved and many like to support local community projects. Decisions are being made now about the scale of the exhibition and it comes down to money. £250 will print 5000 promotional leaflets and your company logo can go on the flyer, £2000 will fund 5000 Diaper Trail leaflets, again company logo can go on the leaflet, support will also be acknowledged in press material and company will be invited to a reception at the museum. Public relations photos can also be arranged. £8000 would sponsor an A4, hard back, glossy book to accompany the exhibition. £5000 would sponsor the geneology exhibit in the main exhibition. Individual events held in the museum (talks/performances etc) are available at £150 per event. Please contact Cheryl you or your company can sponsor or if you have a contact in your company we can approach.


The draft programme includes: illustrated talks on J class yachts, and the photographer Alfred West, the search for John Diaper of the Titanic, on Peartree Church and the Ferry Village. Performances of Itchen ferry folk songs and poetry, dramatisations of ‘The Sad Tale of Richard Parker’, guided walks around old Southampton and Peartree.

Peartree Church

The vicar of Peartree Church, Paul Firmin, has offered access to the Church and its records and we may put on some of the events there. The vicar also has a restoration project that will be of interest, he wants to restore the memorial to Richard Parker. His proposal is to move the original memorial inside the church, to save it from disintegrating and to commission a new memorial to Richard and his mother to stand in the cemetery. He would also like to have an annual civic service in September each year to remember Parker and all the other mariners of Itchen Ferry. He asked us to sound out the family as to their views. He would also welcome any members who might wish to become Friends of Peartree. We hope some of the events might raise money for the project and raise the profile of the Church. It may be we can ask the mayor to patronise a commemorate service as part of the exhibition programme

Diaper Trail Leaflet

We are putting together a promotional leaflet which will feature a trail around sites associated with various historic family members, promote the exhibition and events and carry some of the interesting titbits of information that we have uncovered as part of our researches. The plan is to have this printed by April.


Ideally we want to put together a website to link with the exhibition but currently we can only do this if he lottery funding comes through. However there may be family members with the relevant IT skills who could take on this project on the Association’s behalf. If you have the experience in website creation and would like to volunteer please contact us.


Cheryl 023 80 222482

Angie 023 80 602195

Julie 023 80 436062