CLEVEDON PIER 150: Exploring the archives week one

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 March 2019

The ledger will be on display in May. Picture: Clevedon Pier Archives

The ledger will be on display in May. Picture: Clevedon Pier Archives

Clevedon Pier Archives

This May will see Clevedon Pier celebrate its 150th birthday and, as part of the celebrations, the pier is working with the Times to showcase 10 of its archived items which will be on show for the first time.

The ledger will be on display in May. Picture: Clevedon Pier ArchivesThe ledger will be on display in May. Picture: Clevedon Pier Archives

Each week on a Friday, the Times and pier will reveal another item in the lead up to the big birthday party on May 27.

To get the ball rolling, the first item is the original Clevedon Pier Company shareholder ledger.

With entries dating back to October 18, 1864 through to February 10, 1888, this precious book contains the minutes from meetings held by the company.

It details the first investors prior to the pier opening in 1869 and for a couple of decades afterwards.

Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust chairman Phil Curme said: “Over the course of the last eighteen months or so members of our fantastic community archive team have been busy cataloguing the trust’s extensive collection of historic documents and artefacts.

“While we are able to include some of what we hold in our Discover @ The Pier attraction on the first floor of the old Toll House, we don’t have the space to put anything other than a small percentage of our collection on permanent display.

“Therefore, as part of the pier’s 150th birthday celebrations, we will be showcasing more of the collection in the pier’s Porthole Room for a week from May 27.

“Beyond this our intention is to make the entire collection accessible to the public and to this end I’m delighted that the pier’s archive is now referenced in the National Archives ‘Discovery’ database – to have this sort of national acknowledgement is a credit to the professionalism and dedication of everyone involved.”

To see the archives on display, head down to the pier from May 27.

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