The Beaconsfield Archive Project (BAP) came into being as a result of a proposal put to the Society by Mike and Margaret Grace who had been tirelessly looking after the archive for a number of years. They realised that the large archive of documents, books, newspaper cuttings, maps, photographs and artefacts in an attic in the Town Hall was not accessible to the people of Beaconsfield. Moreover, the archive had been added to over the years and there was uncertainty as to what exactly was in it. A subcommittee, led by the late John Stanbury, including Margaret and Mike Grace, Clare Bull and Debbie Marsden, was formed and the Beaconsfield Archive Project was born.
Thanks to a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £10,000 as well as financial donations of support from the Beaconsfield and District Historical Society, The Shanly Foundation, Beaconsfield Old Town Residents Association, The Frost Partnership, Waitrose, Tim Russ Estate Agents, Beaconsfield Rotary Club, Savills, Beaconsfield Town Council, volunteers, under experienced eye of Laura Cotton, County Archivist, are in the process of cataloguing, reorganising, preserving and scanning our extensive archive and it will then be made available as a learning and study resource to the community. The catalogue is gradually being uploaded onto this website as it becomes available. Please click Explore the Archive to see our catalogue so far.
We have been extremely lucky to recruit wonderful volunteers who have worked very hard on the project. We have, at the moment, 37 of them who come either every week, every fortnight, monthly or whenever they can. When the project finishes later in 2016, many of them will still continue with us, as the Society is constantly being offered new material for their archive and will need them to continue to reorganise and update the catalogue. Others will continue to use the archive for personal research, writing articles for this website or for local exhibitions and talks. The Project started in January 2015 and volunteers gather every Wednesday afternoon at Beaconsfield Library. If you would like to get involved in the Project, please contact us.