ARCHIVAL & RESEARCH MATERIAL
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.
(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.
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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