Our first exhibition was held in 1998, to launch the Group, in St Mary’s Church.

In May 2005 we organised a Local History Forum, inviting other nearby history groups to provide a display and a short account of their activities.  Eleven groups attended, and heard a talk on local sixteenth and seventeenth century wills by local historian Gren Hatton.

Also in 2005, on Remembrance Day, we staged Back to the Forties.  This was a multi-faceted event, which filled the Village Hall with period memorabilia and recalled, not only the restrictions and ration books of the times, but also the fun and festivities of that era.  This exhibition won a Northamptonshire Museums Heritage Award in 2006, in the Special Event category.


Made in Barby
was an exhibition of craftwork made by Barby residents, held in 2007.  There was a wide range of skills on display, showing items as different as a model train and a fully furnished doll’s house. 

In March 2011, we celebrated Barby families and their homes. Who Do You Think They Were? was a very popular exhibition at which a lot of information was exchanged between visitors and Group members.


In June 2012, we contributed to Barby’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with an exhibition of Barby over the previous 60 years.    

We Will Remember Them 
was an exhibition to commemorate the lives of Barby people during World War I and highlighted the men of the village who took part as servicemen.  

There were displays of memorabilia and work by the children of Barby School; and Rugby Family History Group gave a talk explaining how to research ancestors who were in the services.  This was held in May 2014.     

In March 2017, we visited Barby at Work, advertised by a poster showing Bob & Eileen Smith shearing a sheep.  We traced employment in the village from pre-industrial times to the present day. 

As a follow-up to our 2014 exhibition, on 11 November 2018, we joined in the village commemoration of the Armistice, with an exhibition in St Mary’s Church, highlighting many of the Legacies of the Great War.  The response of visitors was very positive and the exhibition was opened again on the following weekend. 






Our most recent exhibition, Opening Up Barby’s History, celebrated 21 years since the Group was formed.  The Photo Gallery of Barby residents past and present proved very popular.   

Each of our book launches has been accompanied by an appropriate exhibition.

We also have photographic records of our exhibitions.