BHRS members, together with colleagues from the Bedford branch of the Historical Association and Bedford Architectural, Archaeological & Local History Society and Martyn Price from BDMArcScan (who are making great progress in digitising our past volumes), visited the Fowler Library, housed in the University of Northampton’s impressive new Waterside campus. Following an introduction from the University’s Librarian, we were able to browse the collection and view related items from the Fowler archives – letters, sketches, notes, contemporary newspaper cuttings, etc. Heavy rain unfortunately precluded a full tour of the campus, but we were able to visit the sympathetically restored Bedford-Northampton line Engine Shed, which is now the Student Union. An excellent visit, which we’re very grateful to Cheryl Gardner and her colleagues for arranging and hosting.
Coincidentally, our visit took place on Bedfordshire Archives 106th birthday! They take their birthday from the day that Dr Fowler first took over as chairman of Bedfordshire County Council’s Records Committee and began everything that made Bedfordshire the first county record office in England – so it was very appropriate that we were all remembering and celebrating Dr Fowler at the Fowler Library.