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Exeter City Heritage Project ends with packed film premiere

2 May 2017

The 51 minute movie documents each of the decades since football was first played on the ground in 1894

The year long Heritage Lottery Fund supported History of St James Park project came to an end with a packed film premiere at Exeter City’s stadium on 27 April.

The 51 minute movie documents each of the decades since football was first played on the ground in 1894. Contributors include historians, club officials, former players, fans and first team manager Paul Tisdale.

The film has now been uploaded onto the Club’s heritage website - The Grecian Archive - and can be seen by clicking here.

The heritage project has been a collaboration between Exeter City Supporters Trust, the Exeter City History Group and the University of Exeter. The project has benefited from scores of volunteers and has involved a number of local community organisations.

As well as the film other outputs from the project have included:
  • Over a thousand new items on the Grecian Archive website
  • A comprehensive A-Z section with biographies of every player who has turned out for Exeter City
  • Sixty short films with memories from fans and former players
  • Photographs by FIFA photographer Peter Robinson
  • Eleven exhibition panels and a brochure about the history of the ground
  • Old items including a football boot, ball and rattle displayed in 3D
  • A film walkthrough the Old Grandstand
  • A teaching pack
  • A fan photography competition
  • The collection of memorabilia from fans and former players and their families
  • Heritage Trails around the stadium
The History of St James Park section of the Grecian Archive can be found by clicking here.

Paul Farley, Chair of the Exeter City History Group said “It is quite remarkable what has been achieved in a year. I am so grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for all their support and to the University of Exeter for their amazing project leadership. We now have so much more preserved and available for current and future generations to enjoy. Thank you so much to everyone involved”.

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