We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Records at Risk Fund, which is a partnership between The National Archives, the Archives and Records Association and the British Records Association. The grant will pay for a consultant to complete a records survey, urgent conservation and repackaging of the R. Halliday & Co. Ltd. archive, one of the foremost glasshouse manufacturing companies in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
Glasshouses are an important part of our national heritage but there are numerous examples which have been demolished due to deterioration and neglect, with archival records being the only remaining evidence of their existence. The lack of research material available for restoration projects makes archives like Halliday’s all the more important. However, the Halliday archive is at serious risk of degradation due to its current storage in a hayloft and cellar. Kathy Herbert has been looking after the archive for the last 30-odd years and is thrilled at the news:
‘by providing the necessary information for potential repositories and stabilising its condition, this records survey will bring the archive one step closer to a suitable long-term home where it can be preserved for posterity and made accessible to the public’.
We would like to thank the following people for their support with our application:
- Kathy Herbert, current custodian of the Halliday Archive
- Sophie Piebenga, Gardens Archivist, Waddesdon
- Catherine Taylor, Head of Archives and Records, Waddesdon
- Sarah Kay, Curator, National Trust
- Sarah Rutherford, Planning Officer, Research and Recording Director, Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust
- Brent Elliott, Head Librarian, RHS Lindley Library
- Linden Groves, Head of Operations and Strategy, Gardens Trust
Images courtesy of Waddesdon Archive.