New Home for Concert Club Archive

For several decades the Concert Club has maintained an extensive record of its activities, absorbing material preserved by a few interested individuals and expanding this where possible. The collection is a rich one, containing as it does committee minutes since 1930, concert programmes, newsletters, press reviews and letters as well as photocopies of relevant diary and correspondence where the originals are not available (e.g. the Troyte Griffith archive in Manchester Libraries) and other ephemera which relates to the Club.

The collection to date has now been passed to the County Records Office at the Hive in Worcester where it will be securely preserved for the future. The plan is that over the next few months it will be catalogued and added to Records Office’s own collection when it can be made available to the public. This does not mean that the Concert Club can now sit back and
do nothing. The collection is a living one, so current programmes and other relevant material still need to be retained so that it can be added to the core collection in due course.

Much of this will be done by committee members who have been diligent in ensuring that recent material has been kept, but every single member can help simply by keeping their eyes open for items such as articles about the Club in magazines, and especially for old pre-1940 programmes where there are several gaps in the sequence. So, when clearing out the attic or
the back of cupboards, please bear in mind the Concert Club for any relevant material that you may come across – it would be a far better destination than either the skip or the fire!

The other matter exercising the Committee at present is that of electronic data and its preservation for future reference. This is not something unique to the Concert Club but with so much business now being done online, the issue of data storage and continuing access to the records does need to be addressed. The Committee will be considering this shortly, but if
any member has useful experience in this field, their observations would be extremely valuable in determining future policy.

Michael Messenger
Club Archivist