Note on the history of the 2016 archive
Bridge Village Archive was established by John Williamson. After his death, the collection came to into the care of Maurice Raraty who housed and enlarged the collection. However, the archive represents the efforts of many individuals with an interest in preserving the local history of Bridge and surrounding villages. It is a testament to those who have donated or contributed items over the years.
Maurice Raraty previously catalogued a part of the collection based on a unique number for each item within the catalogue (then called The Williamson Archive, a copy of part of this listing may be found in the archive, M75). Many items still bear evidence of this cataloguing in the form of a small pencil number in the top right hand corner and a note in the catalogue. Where possible, the text of catalogue entries from this earlier catalogue have been used, however, all items have been incorporated into the new cataloguing system.
Categorisation is relatively broad and sometimes inherited e.g. there existed a full 'MS notes file which was then retained as a category. Each item has been categorised by 'best fit' whilst not breaking up items which were already placed together for various reasons. Since the cataloguing was carried out piecemeal over an extended period of time, there are some items which had already been catalogued before a later, perhaps more relevant, category was introduced. For this reason, it is advisable when looking for items of a specific nature or content to consider the archive as a whole and not to neglect any category which might, on the surface, appear irrelevant.