Document of the Month May 2018

This month's document is chosen by Digitisation Assistant Lisa Hudman. As well as my Digitisation role I look after the Reference Library books which are housed in the Archive Reading Room. This includes cataloguing them onto our digital database by giving each book a unique Accession Number and then entering that book's information such as title, sub-title, author, publisher, edition ISBN number and so on. The Reference Library is made up of books that have been donated by the industry or by members of the public, as well as books by authors who have included images supplied by the Archive. We also have several in our collection that have been written by staff members.

Why this document?

This book, The Wolseley Hornet 1930-1933 was written by Derek Tew. Derek has been a key member of the team which researches our Heritage Certificates. His knowledge is extensive, especially when it comes to older models. Derek bought his first Hornet in 1972 and joined the Wolseley Hornet Special Club at the same time. Since then he has been an active member of the club, has fully restored two Hornets and dabbled in other makes, including a 12 hp Anzani-engined AC and a Fraser Nash. Derek has recently retired, to enjoy working on and driving his Nash and is having a lovely time no doubt! He is missed, as is his expertise.

I have chosen this book because I enjoyed working with Derek on the illustrations, and providing some of the historic images. The splendid cover image is a fine artwork by Bryan de Grineau featuring the Hornet Semi-Sports model, which was reproduced from Wolseley publication number 887, The Wolseley Hornet 6-cylinder, published in January 1931. 

One of my favourite illustrations is a picture (see above) from our extensive Wolseley glass negative collection. It shows the Wolseley stand at the 1931 Motor Show where the new 1931/32 saloon was on display. The previous year's model (identified by its radiator) is immediately behind.

The Reference Library includes a wide variety of books about motoring and the motor industry and is open to museum visitors every day during normal opening hours, with no appointment necessary. The Reading Room also offers researchers the opportunity to access original material held in the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive store, from the build record of a single vehicle to the entire history of the British motor industry. Appointments can be booked by giving at least seven working day's notice, but before you make your arrangements you should establish what material is available in the Archive and what you would like to see. This enables us to have the material ready when you arrive so that you can make the most of your visit. You can find out more about booking appointments here:

However, if you just want to pop along and have a flick though some of the interesting and varied books that we have, including Derek's lovely publication, you are always welcome.

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