Ref no42242
TitleMrs Ethel Thomas' Avonmouth Collection and other papers
Date1884 - 2006
DescriptionArticles, notes, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, and photographs relating to Avonmouth, Shirehampton, and Sea Mills and area
LevelCollection
Extent16 boxes
Administrative historyEthel Annie Thomas (nee Brown) (1925 - 2008) was a local historian, photographer and author. She was born in Willenhall, West Midlands and her family moved to Dursley Road, Shirehampton in 1937 when her father, a Railwayman came to work the Avonmouth Dock Junction Signalbox at West Town. She attended Portway Senior Girls' School, and after a year at Commercial College worked at the C.W.S. Flour Mills at Avonmouth, where she met Eddy Thomas. She married Eddy in 1952 and settled at 55 Cook Street, Avonmouth where she lived for the rest of her life. Ethel was an amateur historian and wrote short articles about the history of the Avonmouth, Shirehampton, and Sea Mills areas that were published in local newspapers, especially in 'Shire' newspaper from March 1972. As a consequence, utilising the archive she had built up during the preceding years, in the late 1970s she was spurred on to write her first book about the history of Avonmouth, 'The Avonmouth Story' (1979) to local critical acclaim (so much so that a second print run was ordered in the early 1990s to satisfy demand). Thereafter she completed 'Down the Mouth' (1981), 'Shirehampton story' (1983) and 'War Story' (1989) all of which expanded upon the story of Avonmouth and the surrounding area that she had touched upon in her first publication. Her final book 'The continuing story of Shirehampton' was published in 2002 in an effort to present further information about the village.
ArrangementThis collection was received in two separate deposits. These deposits were amalgamated for the purposes of cataloguing. The collection was first sorted by volunteer Terry Rees to establish an order, at which point duplicates were separated from the main collection. The work was continued by volunteers Grace Whitfield, Charlotte Tolley, Jayne Pucknell and Annabel Welsh to arrive at an item level catalogue.
Access statusMixed
Access conditionsData Protection Act 1998
Closed until01/01/2078
Archivist's noteAny Parish magazines that were received as part of this collection have been added to their appropriate Parish collection (Anglican or non-conformist), in many cases to complete existing sets.
Accession 42242 - Disposed of: vols 1-9, 10-22, 23-24 of Purnell's History of WW2 from boxes 1 & 3. 3 tins of war time popcorn, powdered egg and powdered milk have been passed to BMGA social history collections from box 6.
Books and pamphlets that did not duplicate others already in the collections of Bristol Record Office have been added to the BK and P series as appropriate, with a note for each entry acknowledging their provenance
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