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Local History Centre Report

Local History Centre Report

During 2019 the three local and family history consultants for the museum have dealt with 100 enquiries, many involving considerable research.

The subjects of these enquiries are infinitely varied and include: Acutt family and their business; Oateys, shopkeepers; Kestins, photographers; histories of No 4 Trinity Road, No 20 Hope Street, No 77 Rodwell Road; Weymouth Radio Company (Weyrad); the Gee family and the American Studio on the beach; horse racing on Lodmoor 1821-1882; George Ellis, medical man and local historian; Frank Eacock, Weymouth’s Chief Constable 1891-1915; medieval seal for Melcombe Regis; Roman temple on Jordan Hill.

I am coming to the end of cataloguing some 300 or so postcards of Weymouth 1900 to 1960s. An example is shown here that dates from circa 1911.

Iqbal Qayyum will soon complete his detailed sorting and listing of the contents of two map cabinets.

Sheila Wild is working her way through various county magazines (1980s -2000s) extracting articles relevant to the museum’s work.

Last but not least Peter continues the mammoth task of digitising the museum’s photograph collection, set in train by Graham Perry.

Richard Samways

The new entrance facilities were only made possible through an emergency fund from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We have also benefitted from the active support of The Friends of Weymouth Museum.