The Plume lecture took place on Saturday 16th November in the United reformed Church Maldon. The guest speaker was actor and President of the Independent Libraries Association, Neil Pearson.
Plume Library Trustee and High Sheriff of Essex, Dr James Bettley’s conversation with Neil ranged over a number of topics: his acting career, his collection of rare books, his authorship of Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press, and his business as a rare books dealer.
Neil was eloquent in his enthusiasm and knowledge and the audience, of over one hundred people, responded with laughter, rapt attention and thoughtful questions.
The Library is pleased to announce that that our recent application to the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust has been successful. This will enable staff and volunteers to make significant progress with the conservation and cataloging of the archive.
This money, together with a grant from the Friends of Thomas Plume’s Library, a bequest from Catherine Whitworth Jones and a contribution from the Trustees will enable us to finish the project which has been a goal of the Library’s Trustees for some time.
On completion of the project, which is expected to be by January 2018, it will be possible to make these items available to our users and make them known via the OPAC. This will be a real achievement and will make this valuable resource available to academics, students, and local and family historians for the first time.