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Archive of the Month

Archive of the Month

By Buckinghamshire Archives
The premise is simple: 1 item from the collection of Buckinghamshire Archives, each month. It's the starting point for a discussion about different aspects of the county's history, from 1100 to the present day.
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Apr 2021: Hidden Things, Oving

Archive of the Month

Sep 2021: Working with Archives, June Wailling's Story
At the end of July 2021 the team at Bucks Archives said 'adieu' to colleague June Wailing, after 22 years of service.  A few weeks later, Katherine and June have a chat reflecting on her favourite documents, and her journey from moving boxes, to fully qualified Archivist.   Approx 36 min.
September 10, 2021
Jul 2021: Robert Barrett, Paralympic Medalist
In the 1988 Paralympics Robert Barrett won two bronze medals on the track.  But that is only a small fraction of the story that he shares with us over the course of our conversation.  We take in South Korean Moonshine, a cavernous basement belonging to a philanthropic CEO, the impact of Channel 4 on parasports, the use of a prosthetic limb in the initiation ceremonies of a rugby club, and a sitting volleyball revolution happen in the West County.  The best thing about this interview though, is the insight Robert gives us into what it's like to train for and compete in a Paralympic Games.   You can find out more about Robert here: We would like to thank the National Paralympic Heritage Trust for their support with this podcast. 
July 22, 2021
Jun 2021: Let's Hear from our Volunteers
To coincide with Volunteer Week this year, Archivist Katherine caught up with some long-serving Buckinghamshire Archives volunteers: Dick, Anne and Elizabeth via Zoom.  They talk about how they help out at the Archive, and why they keep on coming back.
May 27, 2021
Apr 2021: Hidden Things, Oving
Boots, Bottles and Blouses.  That's what this month's episode is about.  Or more specifically a photo Judi McGinley found in our collection depicting these items, amongst others, that were discovered during building works, hidden in a chimney breast in a pub in Oving.  What's going on?  Judi tells us more!  
April 16, 2021
Mar 2021: The Census, a "Full, True and Accurate Account"
More information about how to participate in Census 2021: Access to past Censuses via Ancestry, for Bucks Library Card Holders:  Census related documents in Buckinghamshire Archives' collections: To be updated
March 03, 2021
Feb 2021: Suffragettes, Doctors, Life Partners, & living in Penn: Flora Murray & Louisa Garrett Anderson
**23 min episode** This month Buckinghamshire Archives' Katherine Gwyn is in conversation with journalist and author Wendy Moore. Wendy is the author of Endell Street, a history of the eponymous ground-breaking military hospital in London, open during the Great War, which was staffed and run almost entirely by women.  Wendy tells us about the two women who ran the hospital: Dr Flora Murray and Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson, and their connections to Penn in Bucks.   Wendy's book Endell Street is available in hardback from:,wendy-moore-9781786495846 It will be released in paperback in summer 2021.  
February 03, 2021
Jan 2021: The "Alcatraz": An Alcohol-Free Pub in Aylesbury
**17 Min** For Dry January, we talk all things Tee-Total, Temperate and Alcohol-Free.  Lisa Edwards and Katherine Gwyn reflect on what the archive can tell us about our changing relationship with drink, starting with this photo of a very unusual pub.   We cover Temperance Hotels, the Hartwell House Temperance Festivals, and Buckinghamshire's own alcohol-free hero: Stephen Shirley, who was closely connected to the Band of Hope movement.   Different Temperance Organisations and Activities that feature in our archive collections: Order of the Sons of Temperance, High Wycombe Division North Temperance Hotel, Wendover Church of England Temperance Society, Upper Winchendon Branch Peace, Temperance and Bond of Universal Brotherhood Festivals at Hartwell Temperance Hotel, Winslow Royal Temperance Hotel, Westminster Nontox Temperance Ale Manufacturing Company, Aylesbury Temperance Hotel, Great Western Street, Aylesbury National British Women's Total Abstinence Union, Princes Risborough Aylesbury, Wycombe, and Castlethorpe Methodist Circuits Chesham Temperance Hotel Chenies Parish Wendover Congregational Band of Hope Wolverton Wesleyan Methodist Band of Hope Castlethorpe Methodist Band of Hope High Wycombe Congregational Band of Hope Great Marlow Excelsior Band of Hope Newport Pagnell Band of Hope Contact us with questions, thoughts, or other feedback:
January 19, 2021
Dec 2020: The Chequers Mince Pie Recipe
**7 Minute Listen** This episode could also be titled "What happens when an Archivist tries to recreate a historic recipe for mince pies".  Spoiler: it did not go well. We cover: Chequers, 18th Century recipe books, and a brief history of the humble mince pie.  Bon appetit! 
December 07, 2020
Nov 2020: Photograph of Alan and Trevor Edwards, 1948, Haymill Camp, Slough
This is a photo of Alan Edwards and his little brother, taken at Haymill Camp, Slough, in 1948.  What does this photograph tell us about life in post-WW2 Slough?  Using this photograph as a starting place, Lisa Edwards (daughter of Alan), talks about her search through contemporary newspapers and local government records, done to contextualise Alan's memories of that time.  Lisa weaves a tale that takes in Slough Industrial Estate; injured veterans; squalid living conditions; squatters taking over former military camps; and the slow rebuilding of post-war Britain.   Lisa Edwards has worked at Buckinghamshire Archives since 2008.  She is a historian with publication credits in Family Tree and History Workshop.  
November 20, 2020