RADLETT AND DISTRICT MUSEUM
Newsletter number 1- May 2019
Welcome to our first newsletter, in which we hope to tell you about what has been happening so far and about future plans.
The Radlett Archives Group (RAG) was formed in 2017 to acquire and store the comprehensive archive of photographs, documents and artefacts accumulated by the late Philip Eastburn, the well-known and highly-regarded local historian. RAG is the working name of the Radlett and District museum, which is registered with the Charities Commission.
The initial challenges were to find a secure place to store the archives, to establish a plan to catalogue and display them and to form a team to carry out the necessary tasks.
Of what local stone is this wall largely built?
A committee of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers, was formed and this group has been very active in driving the project forward. Achievements to date include:
Registration with the Charities Commission
Formulation of a constitution
Appointment of Officers and allocation of responsibilities
Agreement of Aims for RADM – specifically to store its extensive archives and exhibit them
Opening of bank accounts, preparation of budgets and arrangement of insurance
Extensive research into possible locations in which to store and exhibit our archives
Seeking and obtaining substantial grants in order to finance the acquisition of suitable premises
Commencement of the cataloguing according to The Collections Trust guidelines and digitisation of our archives – a huge task!
Recorded interviews with a number of local residents, capturing their recollections of the local area over the years
A well-attended Open Evening at the Library and a number of events, talks, school visits, quizzes, and other fundraising events
Displays in the window of the Harpenden Building Society and the Radlett Centre
Creation and maintenance of website
John Apthorp very kindly agreed to be our President and the current Trustees and their responsibilities are:
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Stuart Nagler – Chairman
Graham Taylor – Vice Chairman and Archiving and Website
Roger Housechild – Treasurer
Peter Turner – Secretary
Jan Adams – Communications and Publicity
Gill Balen – Interviews
Laura Davis – Fund Raising and Events
Martin Jeens –Premises Maintenance
Diana Lobatto – Fund Raising and Events
Chris Wilkins – Acquisition of Premises and Communications and Publicity
The achievements to date could not have been accomplished without the help of a number of volunteers, to whom we are grateful.
After a period of searching for a “home”, an agreement was reached with Hertfordshire County Council to lease a room on the first floor of the Radlett Library. Whilst being an ideal place for storage, the annual rent is expensive and the room is not big enough for exhibiting purposes. Consequently, we have sought to acquire suitable and affordable premises. Agreement has been reached with the Trustees of the Radlett Village Institute (RVI) to lease an area at the bottom of the Institute’s garden and erect a prefabricated building. The building will be constructed of steel and timber and will be timber-clad and landscaped so as to blend in with its surroundings. At the time of writing, the necessary legal documentation is being prepared and planning permission sought.
Future Plans include:
Agreement of the lease with the RVI
Receiving formal planning permission for the proposed premises
Construction of the building and provision of the necessary services (water, electricity, etc)
Grand Opening followed by regular opening hours – probably two mornings a week initially
Formation of a rota of volunteers to man the building during opening times
Obtaining sponsorship to contribute towards ongoing costs
Setting up a membership group (“Friends of the RADM”)
Arranging a programme of exhibitions, talks, school visits, events and fund-raising activities
Enhancing and maintaining the website to reflect the activities of the RADM
Liaison with other museums and local history groups to consider areas of mutual interest and benefit
Searching for an off-site, secure, damp-proof and low-cost storage facility in which to house “overflow” archives material
Building our membership and volunteer base
Taking a stall at the Radlett Festival on 19 June
Any constructive observations and feedback would be gratefully received. Please contact Chris Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01923 852842.
Finally, Stuart Nagler will lead two more of his “Historic Watling Street” walks starting at 10.00 on Sundays 30 June and 21 July. The cost (a donation to RADM funds) will be £5 per person. Please register your interest with Stuart at email@example.com.
Picture Quiz Answers:
Image 1: Puddingstone, seen in a wall alongside FP A17, Battler’s Green
Image 2: Watford Road, looking towards Aldenham Road, as seen from the entrance to Barn Close