Remarkable EDP library celebrates 75th anniversary
- Credit: copyright: Archant 2013
Centuries of newspaper history are at the heart of a unique Norfolk archive
The remarkable archive of cuttings, photographs and centuries-old newspapers that is the EDP library has been celebrated by many of the people who created it over the past 75 years.
Staff from the past six decades gathered to mark the 75th birthday of the EDP library – and marvel once again over some of its treasures.
The collection, acknowledged as one of Britain's very best regional newspaper archives, is packed with the stories and pictures of the people and events of Norfolk, from the beginning of local journalism.
There are bound volumes of the Norwich Mercury from the 1750s, the very first EDP from 1870 and news stories and photographs of countless thousands of national and local events.
You may also want to watch:
Alan Atherton was chief librarian for 33 years, starting work in 1961. 'I loved it. It was something different every day, well every hour really,' he said.
His career spanned the introduction of computers, but in pre-digital days he would have cut out and filed hundreds of thousands of stories.
- 1 Man in 20s drowned in Bawsey Country Park lake
- 2 Amazing photos show storms over Norfolk – and there are more to come
- 3 Elderly man took his clothes off at Norwich park
- 4 Man, 20, who drowned at Bawsey Pits is named
- 5 Cat food brands recalled over link to fatal disease
- 6 See inside the 'tiny mobile homes' built from scratch for £95,000
- 7 School shut after ceiling tile falls on to class of children
- 8 'I can't carry it' - Shock as plant starts growing eight inches a day
- 9 Two Norfolk villages named among most beautiful to visit in England
- 10 Tributes to popular Tesco worker with 'sparkling personality'
And his favourite? 'Probably something I'd written because I was Sprowston correspondent too, for 25 years!' he said.
Frances Pearce worked in the library for almost long, with 32 years service.
'I loved doing the research for members of the public,' she said. 'You would go back through the bound volumes and see the wonderful old adverts.
'It was just so interesting. But then, the whole job was interesting.'
Another former librarian at the celebration was Val Chaplin Gale.
'I actually found out about my own family while I was working here,' she said.
'I found stories about my grandfather, who was killed in the first world war, and how he had won the DSO (Distinguished Service Order.)
'My mother was a baby when he died so we didn't really know anything about him.'
EDP editor Nigel Pickover paid tribute to the work of the library and its staff, saying: 'Across Britain the need for our newspaper libraries remains undiminished, the quality of the work within them undimmed.'
Current librarian Rosemary Dixon said the library, founded in 1938, was one of the best and most comprehensive regional newspaper libraries in the country.