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Jill Williams – Egham by Runnymede History Society

14/09/2020

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Jill William is Honorary President of The Egham by Runnymede History Society where she has been a member for 30 of its 52 years existence. The society was originally set up in response to the redevelopment of the High Street in the 1960s as an attempt to document some of the historic buildings being demolished.

The Society exists to encourage interest in the local history of Egham, Egham Hythe, Englefield Green, Thorpe, Thorpe Lea, Virginia Water and the Surrey part of Sunningdale. The area includes Runnymede Meadows, site of the Magna Carta signing. The archive contains organizational documents, archaeological and historical reports, members research on buildings, newspaper clippings, audio recordings of local history talks and over 550 of the Society’s newsletters.

Jill talks about the challenges of managing an archive for a volunteer-run society with no support from a larger parent organization. Providing staff and coping with the demands of researchers at the society’s shared office and preserving the wide variety of archaic media formats present particular problems for unpaid volunteers without formal archive training.

Jill discusses successes and disappointments when engaging with local schools and building relationships with other heritage and educational organisations. She explains why, for her, the most interesting items in the collection are the ones she is working on right now.

Links

Website: eghammuseum.org/ebrhs/

Website: www.ebrhistsoc.wordpress.com

Email: ebrhs.enquiries@gmail.com

Twitter: @EbRHistSoc

Jill Williams – Egham by Runnymede History Society

Jill William is Honorary President of The Egham by Runnymede History Society where she has been a member for 30 of its 52 years existence. The society was originally set up in response to the redevelopment of the High Street in the 1960s as an attempt to document some of the historic buildings being demolished.

The Society exists to encourage interest in the local history of Egham, Egham Hythe, Englefield Green, Thorpe, Thorpe Lea, Virginia Water and the Surrey part of Sunningdale. The area includes Runnymede Meadows, site of the Magna Carta signing. The archive contains organizational documents, archaeological and historical reports, members research on buildings, newspaper clippings, audio recordings of local history talks and over 550 of the Society’s newsletters.

Jill talks about the challenges of managing an archive for a volunteer-run society with no support from a larger parent organization. Providing staff and coping with the demands of researchers at the society’s shared office and preserving the wide variety of archaic media formats present particular problems for unpaid volunteers without formal archive training.

Jill discusses successes and disappointments when engaging with local schools and building relationships with other heritage and educational organisations. She explains why, for her, the most interesting items in the collection are the ones she is working on right now.

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