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Author: George Elmer
Item date: 1846
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £1,000
Item cost: £1,500
Institution: West Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Chichester
County: West Sussex

This diary is written over the course of a year - beginning Sunday, January 4th and ending Thursday, December 31st 1846. The author records small snippets of his days, sometimes mentioning the sermons he hears and people he sees; he also indulges himself in gossip - including the 'unthankful news' that 'Barnaby it appears is living with some prostitute or other ', and castigates himself for his bad habits, particularly 'extravagance' and 'love of bed.'

West Sussex Record Office already holds the diary of George Dixon Elmer, a young shop assistant working in Mr Thomas Colebrook's linen drapery and grocery store in the Market Square, Petworth, for the following year, 1847 (West Sussex Record Office Add Mss 54840). It gives many details of his working life and his social life, including Goodwood races, musical entertainments, the Book Club, his relationship with Lucy Phillips, later his wife, and the illnesses and deaths of local inhabitants. We therefore knew how rich a source this new volume would be, not only for the life of the diarist but the life in the thriving market town of Petworth in the middle of the 19th century as well as throwing light on story of George Elmer before his marriage, and we have not been disappointed.

Author: Vivien Leigh
Item date: 1953
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £2,500
Item cost: £3,250
Institution: Victoria & Albert Museum, Dept of Theatre & Performance
Town/City: London

Vivien Leigh is one of the most important film and stage performers of the 20th century and her profile attracts on-going visitor and global media interest.

Author: David Almond, b. 1951
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £15,000
Item cost: £100,000
Institution: Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books
Town/City: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
County: Tyne and Wear

David Almond is one of the most celebrated British writers for children of recent decades. His first novel Skellig (1998) achieved the rare distinction of winning both the Whitbread Children’s Book award and the prestigious Carnegie medal. He has subsequently won or been shortlisted for numerous other book awards, including The Guardian Children’s Fiction Award for A Song for Ella Gray in 2015. In 2010 he was honoured with the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most prestigious international prize in children's literature. The jury ‘recognised the unique voice of a creator of magic realism for children. Almond captures his young readers' imagination and motivates them to read, think and be critical. His use of language is sophisticated and reaches across the ages.'

His writing is utterly distinctive and original, powerfully addressing elemental themes of life and death, grief, loss, and hope; his books have been translated into over 30 languages, and widely adapted for stage and screen.

The archive comprises papers relating to almost all of Almond’s literary output.

Item date: 14th - 20th centuries
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £5,000
Item cost: £7,584
Institution: SW Heritage Trust: Somerset Archives and Local Studies
Town/City: Taunton
County: Somerset

The Batten family have acted as solicitors in Yeovil since the early 18th century. Their house in Church Street played a central part in the legal history of the town, serving as the Town Courts until the 20th century. In 1820 the family inherited the manor of Thornfalcon, near Taunton, along with substantial lands across South Somerset, and in 1829 they purchased the Aldon estate on the southern edge of Yeovil. Various members of the family played key roles in relation to the Yeovil Improvement Bill, acted as clerk to the Yeovil Turnpike Trust and served as Justices of the Peace and as Deputy Lieutenant of the county. The collection, which covers the 14th–20th centuries, reflects the landed interests of the family, along with their roles in Yeovil society and their personal interests. It also includes material gathered in the course of their legal practice.

Author: Lt. Richard Thonger
Item date: 1883
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £700
Item cost: £700
Institution: Salvation Army Heritage Centre
Town/City: London

Richard Greville Thonger (b.1861) was working as a pharmacist in Birmingham in the spring of 1882 when he attended a meeting at The Salvation Army’s Regent Hall on London’s Oxford Street, where ‘the Spirit of God took

Author: Marc Isambard Brunel
Item date: c.1790-1830
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £74,555
Institution: SS Great Britain Trust
Town/City: Bristol
County: Avon

The material auctioned at Bonhams is probably the most significant collection relating to Marc Brunel ever to come on the market. Marc Brunel was a creative and innovative engineer who had a significant impact on the nineteenth century. His influence continues today; for example, the tunnelling shield which he invented to construct the Thames Tunnel is the inspiration for all modern soft-ground tunnelling machines [see Brunel Museum entry above]. Marc made I.K. Brunel into an engineer by teaching him to draw and observe, and sending him to France for a technical education. He also gave him his first job, as Engineer at the age of just 21 on the ambitious Thames Tunnel project. I.K. Brunel owed much of his engineering success to his father.

The material sheds light on the period of Marc Brunel’s escape from France to the USA, and his early days in England: a part of his life poorly represented in UK collections. This period is important because during it he created block-making machines, sawmills and factories at Portsmouth and Chatham Dockyards for the UK’s part in the Napoleonic Wars. The material also fills significant gaps in the existing public collections relating to Sir Marc and family.

Item date: 1884, 1892, 1897, 1904, 1905
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £900
Item cost: £1,000
Institution: RNLI Heritage Archive
Town/City: Poole
County: Dorset

The Civil Service Lifeboat Fund was founded in 1866, one of the founders being Charles Dibdin, a Civil Servant in the General Post Office who, in 1885, left to become Secretary of the RNLI.

Author: Ada Clark; D H Lawrence.
Item date: 1875-1977
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £519,453
Institution: University of Nottingham
Town/City: Nottingham
County: Nottinghamshire

Ada Clarke was the younger sister of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), the Nottinghamshire writer who was also a student of the University College of Nottingham, the predecessor of the University of Nottingham. The collection was the last major cache of DH Lawrence papers still in private ownership. It comprises over 600 items and includes two of Lawrence’s University College of Nottingham notebooks; autographed manuscripts of poems, short stories and essays; corrected proofs of his writing; first editions of his works; personal correspondence from Lawrence; a diary entry; and artefacts such as his own paintings and artist's palette, sandals and a poncho. The importance of the Clarke Collection for DH Lawrence studies cannot be overstated. Ada Clarke was Lawrence's closest sibling, so a wide range of invaluable, unique and irreplaceable items were passed to her by Lawrence and other family members. Anybody studying DH Lawrence's early life and writing, and his links to the Nottinghamshire region, simply has to refer to these items.

Item date: 18th-20th centuries
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £150,000
Institution: Northumberland Archives Service
Town/City: Morpeth
County: Northumberland

Dickson, Archer & Thorp, solicitors of Alnwick, Northumberland was established in the late 18th century and continued until the death of the last managing partner in 2005.

Item date: 17th century to mid 18th century.
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £13,640
Item cost: £30,000
Institution: Queen's University, Belfast
Town/City: Belfast
County: Antrim

This extensive collection of family papers is comprised of a wide range of correspondence, photographs, drawings, prints and marriage documents, and is an important adjunct to the papers of Edith Somerville already held in the Special Collections Library at Queen’s. The Coghill Archive includes a substantial amount of family correspondence involving Somerville, particularly letters between her and her sister, Hildegarde. The family correspondence is all the more interesting as some of it crosses generations: siblings, parents, and children, as well as husbands and wives. The Coghill Archive provides insight into the life in of Irish landed family, and because of the unusual amount of material relating to children we gain deeper insight to other aspects of that family life. It also includes evidence of the different experiences of members of the family during World War I.