On­line high­light

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - AROUND BRITAIN -

This month, we have three com­plete prod­ucts from An­gu­line and MyHis­tory worth £35. Th­ese in­clude a direc­tory of Bed­ford­shire dat­ing from 1903 – con­tain­ing in­dexes, Bed­ford­shire facts, a Towns and Vil­lages Direc­tory, plus a list­ing of pri­vate res­i­dents – and a 1939 direc­tory of Lu­ton. de­vel­oped from the 1870s with firms, such as Howard, mak­ing farm ma­chin­ery at the Bri­tan­nia Iron Works and WH Allen mak­ing pumps and en­gines at the Queen’s En­gi­neer­ing Works. Other com­pa­nies were Grafton Cranes, Igranic Elec­tric and, much later, Texas In­stru­ments.

In Lu­ton, the hat trade was the big­gest in­dus­try and this brought chem­i­cal com­pa­nies to the town. Other Lu­ton bbusi­nesses iin­cluded Ge­orge Kent Ltd and HHay­ward Tyler. Pamela says: “We hhold sub­stan­tial records for all tth­ese com­pa­nies. We are ppar­tic­u­larly pleased to have rrecently re­ceived the Ge­orge Kent rrecords on loan from Lu­ton MMu­seum and some more HHay­ward Tyler ma­te­rial with wwhich we hope to help the ccom­pany cel­e­brate its 200th aan­niver­sary this year.

“The records we hold are of­ten tto do with the his­tory of the ccom­pany and its prod­ucts. The bbest source of ma­te­rial for the fam­ily his­to­rian within busi­ness col­lec­tions is likely to be a com­pany’s in-house mag­a­zine.”

New ac­qui­si­tions come in all the time and one re­cent de­posit was the col­lec­tion of ar­chi­tects Franklin, Dea­con and Bri­ars.

“We have made some progress on sort­ing and cat­a­logu­ing the 800 bun­dles of plans but need some help to tackle the 25 or so

“We were one of the lucky of­fices to have our school records digi­tised and put on­line in the first batch and to have school log­books in­cluded as well as

Bleach­ing hats at a fac­tory in Lu­ton, Bed­ford­shire, in 1931

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.