Bedfordshire was, and still is, a relatively rural county, famous for its hatters, straw platters and lace-makers
shelves of correspondence and business records!”
The Bedfordshire team is currently “considering options” about how best to digitise important collections. In the meantime, it has been part of the Findmypast/Archives and Records Association’s school admission records project ( bit.ly/1KmOpm2). admission registers. This should prove very useful to researchers but will also protect the very fragile admission registers from repeated handling.”
Lesser-known county collections held elsewhere include the Physical Education archive at the University of Bedfordshire. This was a highly regarded training centre for PE teachers and the archive details developments in this field for 70 years ( bit.ly/1LSf2OP). And one really extraordinary collection held in Bedford is that of the Panacea Society and its new museum ( panaceatrust.org/thepanacea-museum). This was a religious group founded in Bedford in 1919, inspired by the teachings of the Devonshire prophetess Joanna Southcott.