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Archives Service Newsletter No.93 Autumn 2012


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Patricia Bell

Nigel Lutt shares his personal recollections of Patricia Bell, Bedfordshire's County Archivist, 1969-1986, who died in September.

Bedfordshire Training Home for Girls

Staff and girls at the Training Home 1912

We've just added 13 new web pages to the Bedford Section of our Community Archives pages about the Bedfordshire Training Home and the girls and staff who were resident there over its 50 years of operation.

New Community Archive Pages

Old Sandons House about 1820 [Z105-12]

Three more communities and over 180 pages have been added to our Community Archives pages on our website covering Caddington, Slip End and Eaton Bray, with details of hamlets, interesting buildings, schools, manors, churches and chapels, public houses, mills, workhouses and farms.

Archives Service Talks

All are welcome to attend 'Military Records for the Family Historian' a free talk by Nigel Lutt on 9 November 2012 at 1pm at the Archives Service, Borough Hall. Please contact us to book a place.

Talks are FREE and held at 1pm at the Archives Service. Please contact us to book a place.

Staff News

There have been a number of changes to our staff in recent months and we hope that our users will find this summary useful. We have also taken the opportunity to update our 'mugshots' board which used to show several members of staff when they were considerably younger!

James Collett White

In September James Collett-White, an archivist on the staff since 1975, left us upon retirement. James will be missed particularly for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the County families of Bedfordshire and their archives.

Ruth Gill

Ruth Gill retired in May after 20 years as Business Support Officer. Ruth will also be remembered by staff and searchers alike for her keen interest in family history.

Trisha Lenehan has joined us as Deeds Registry Officer, taking over some of the duties of Ruth Gill.

Tina Hunter-Goulder joined the Records Management team part time on a permanent basis.

Zoran Klasnic, Stackroom Assistant,replaced Philip Quince who retired in June 2011.

As well as working on the Paths to Crime project, Kathryn Faulkner has now joined us as part-time archivist.


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Paths to Crime Blog

Kathryn and Sharon, the project cataloguers, have  a blog where they post information and news about the fascinating material they are finding whilst working on the Paths to Crime project and how it may be useful to researchers.

This newsletter is edited by Susan Edwards who welcomes ideas and material for future issues. Published by Bedfordshire & Luton Archives and Records Service, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP. Tel: (01234) 228833; fax: (01234) 228854