The Local History Collection includes the printed minutes of the old Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Borough Council from 1925 until 1974.
You might well say, “How boring!” But these dull looking pages contain a mine of information about the town and its development in the early 20th century.
Some time ago we began a project of indexing these minutes using an Access database. One of our leading volunteers Sheila Wild took the project to 1933, and now Richard Samways is continuing it.
We have got to 1934. You can chart the development of new streets and housing estates, the demolition of ancient courtyards in the town centre, the building of the Town Bridge and Westwey Road, the opening of the Electricity Showrooms in Westham Road, the granting of licences to keep petrol [showing the increase in cars in the town], the employment of teachers, gardeners and many other people.
The town’s history could not be written without them. It is perhaps worth adding that the Local History Collection also has the earlier minutes of the old council on microfilm dating from 1616.