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Item date: 1880-1904
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £500
Item cost: £500
Institution: York Minster Archives
Town/City: York
County: Yorkshire

The conduct of services is the primary function of York Minster, the mother church of the Northern Province, and the records of those services are, therefore, of prime importance for the study of its history, the history of the province and the history of the wider Church in England. Printed ephemera, in particular orders of service, are, where available, the best source of information about services held at the Minster.

Author: Qâdi Zâda Al-Rûmî (1364-1646)
Item date: around 1412
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £3,500
Item cost: £13,500
Institution: Winchester College
Town/City: Winchester
County: Hampshire

Qâdi Zâda Al-Rûmî (1364–1436) was a Turkish astronomer who worked at the observatory in Samarkand, under the direction of Ulugh Beg (d. 1449). He made an important contribution to the flowering of Arabic science in Timurid Iran as one of the authors of a new star catalogue (the Zīj-i Sulṭānī) and a textbook on arithmetic. The present work is a commentary on al-Jaghmini’s introduction to astronomy and the most widely circulated Arabic treatise on Ptolemaic cosmology. This acquisition enhances the College’s strong collection of scientific books.

Item date: 20 July 1626
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £2,775
Item cost: £7,875
Institution: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Town/City: Chippenham
County: Wiltshire

The importance of the document in terms of understanding Swindon’s development as a town through the ages cannot be understated. Nowadays, the town is closely associated with the Great Western Railway, which certainly put the town on the map. However, prior to Brunel & Co. laying down the famous train line between Bristol and London, Swindon was a vibrant and locally important market town, as ordained by this Charter.

Author: Duffy Ayers (1915-2017)
Item date: 1940-1949
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £2,000
Item cost: £5,000
Institution: Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library
Town/City: London

This diary chiefly covers the years 1940-1942, when Ayers travelled the country with Michael Rothenstein who was then working for the Recording Britain project. This had been devised by Kenneth Clark as a means of employing artists in wartime, to document threatened landscapes and ways of life, and to encourage the characteristically British art of watercolour. The project assembled some 1,500 topographical paintings and drawings (including over 40 by Rothenstein) which were given to the V&A by the Pilgrim Trust in 1949. The diary provides context for the creation of Rothenstein’s pictures; it also describes in frank, passionate detail the emotional dynamics of the often fraught marriage of two artists.

Item date: 16th and 17th centuries.
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £10,812 [B H Breslauer Foundation Fund]
Item cost: £20,312
Institution: Thomas Plume's Library
Town/City: Maldon
County: Essex

Thomas Plume's Library is an extraordinary survival. In 1704 Dr Thomas Plume (1630-1704), Archdeacon of Rochester, bequeathed his collection of c. 8,000 books to his birthplace, Maldon, to establish a public lending library in the redundant Church of St Peter.In the early 20th-century, when Thomas Plume’s Library was still a lending institution, many books went missing. Since 1987 the Trustees have been actively buying replacement books – in a few cases the originals.

Author: Andersonian Naturalists’ Society
Item date: Late 19th century
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £600
Item cost: £1,100
Institution: University of Strathclyde
Town/City: Glasgow

The Andersonian Naturalists’ Society, founded in 1885, is amongst the earliest student societies at the University of Strathclyde. The purchase of these albums has helped us fill a clear gap in the University Archives – we had no photographs amongst our records of the Society and, furthermore, no records of the Society at all before 1930.

Author: Josuah [Joshua] Sylvester (1536-1618)
Item date: 1612 1613
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £6,000 [B H Breslauer Foundation Fund]
Item cost: £7,500
Institution: St Andrews University
Town/City: St Andrews
County: Fife

A rare and fascinating volume containing two editions of Josuah [Joshua] Sylvester’s mourning poetry for Prince Henry. The volume contains the bookplate of the bibliophile Sir Thomas Brooke (1830-1908) of Armitage Bridge House, near Huddersfield. The privately printed catalogue of his library from 1891 suggests that the editions were not bound together at that point.

Author: Sulpicius Severus (363–c. 425). The copy is in the hand of Scribe ‘B’ of St Albans
Item date: St Albans, 12th century
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £2,000
Item cost: £10,750
Institution: St Albans Museum & Art Gallery
Town/City: St Albans
County: Hertfordshire

This small rectangular cutting of 12 lines of Anglo-Caroline minuscule allows the museums service for the first time to display an example of the work of the St Albans scriptorium in the hand of one its own monks, demonstrating the style and skill of the Scriptorium team and providing a link to the works of the other acknowledged masters of the Abbey.

Author: An unidentified member or ‘soldier’ at the Maldon corps.
Item date: 1891-1901
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £500
Item cost: £500
Institution: Salvation Army Heritage Centre
Town/City: London

The diary’s entries focus, almost exclusively, on the activities of Maldon corps and predominantly on the number of people ‘saved’ in each meeting. Despite its limited content and the dearth of information about its author, this diary is a significant accession. While we hold several diaries written by officers, we have none by a member of a corps.

Author: Colonel Vassal Charles Steer-Webster (1897-1970)
Date acquired: 2020
Grant Value: £8,000
Item cost: £35,392
Institution: Royal Engineers Museum
Town/City: Gillingham
County: Kent

Steer-Webster, Royal Engineers, was the Deputy Director of Experimental Engineering. This department was tasked with devising a means to land troops and supplies on the Normandy beaches less well defended than those with harbours. The result was two floating harbours, both similar in size to Dover Harbour, prefabricated in the dockyards of Britain, towed in sections across the Channel and constructed on the Normandy beachhead by Royal Engineers. Colonel Steer-Webster played a leading role in the design, development and trials of the Mulberry Harbour and was in almost daily contact with Sir Winston Churchill during its construction and development.