Leicestershire villagers dig out their past for TV show
TV historian Michael Wood will be filming this weekend for a six-part documentary charting the 1,000-year history of three villages.
Forthcoming BBC series English Story explores the nation's past from the grassroots perspective of ordinary folk in Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby.
Michael Wood, pictured in Kibworth, is charting its history
Residents are now being asked to rummage though their attics, cellars and garages for any pre-Second World War artefacts related to the villages.
Producers are on the lookout for letters, postcards, photographs and household items.
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They will be scrutinised at a history roadshow at Kibworth High School, on Saturday.
The findings will form part of the project to piece together a picture of life in the area from the dying days of the Roman Empire to the mid-20th century.
Mr Wood said: "The response from people in Kibworth and Smeeton Westerby has been fantastic.
"We are hoping this material on Saturday will complement what we already know about the history of the villages from other sources and bring it to life in a personal way."
He will be joined by academics from the University of Leicester, county archaeologist Richard Clark, staff from the record office, in Wigston, and local amateur historians, who will be filmed talking about the items with their owners.
The TV series is to be broadcast in the autumn.
Last summer, villagers dug up gardens in the hunt for ancient artefacts.
Some have given DNA samples in the hope of finding where the villages' longest-standing families came from.
On Saturday, producers are encouraging people to take along anything that has a connection with one of the villages.
Associate producer Sally Thomas said: "It could be something people think is of no interest but if it shows a bit of history and has a story attached to it.
"It will be another part of the jigsaw. It doesn't have to be valuable. The day will be a bit like Antiques Roadshow but without the set-up and valuation."
The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Smeeton Road school.
Anyone planning to take an artefact is encouraged to e-mail a brief description and photograph to: