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ARCHIVAL & RESEARCH MATERIAL


2012 WAS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST TWO BOOKS.

When Richmal Crompton died in 1969 most of her archival material was left to her niece Richmal Ashbee, who was the first President of our Society. After Richmal Ashbee’s much lamented death in 2005 her husband Paul became our new Chairman and he very generously started the process of transferring this material to the University of Roehampton in South West London.
Following Paul’s death in 2009, further material has been passed to the University by their son and daughter (and present Co-Presidents), Edward Ashbee and Kate Massey.
The archives are now a very valuable resource to anybody interested in Richmal Crompton and her work.

(The pictures were taken at a visit to Roehampton by members of the Society)

You can google “The Richmal Crompton Collection” or it can be accessed via this link: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Library/Resources/Archives-and-special-collections/ and following the relevant collection’s link. The collection can be searched via the OPAC, the library’s catalogue system; details are given on the collection’s webpage.
Contact details and opening times are also provided there (Tue to Thu 10 – 4). The book collection can be accessed anytime throughout these times with no appointment needed. The archives, however, have to be requested in advance. Contact either Kornelia Cepok (020 8392 3323 or k.cepok @ roehampton.ac.uk) or Julie Mills (j.mills@roehampton.ac.uk).


The photographs shows parts of the collection and some of the Just William members who spent the day visiting during a special Just William open day.

 

Roehampton has now put together a small scale exhibition here in the archive to mark the 90th anniversary of William books -The collection. There are three cabinets – one concentrating on Just William: the publications, news cuttings, RC’s scripts, jottings; one on the “by-products” or memorabilia such as the JW game, theatre, cards etc; and one on the person Richmal Crompton.
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