Historical and Archive

The Historical and Archive workgroup has responsibility to:

  • develop and manage a comprehensive historical and reference resource relating to ringers and all aspects of ringing.
  • make these resources as widely known and appreciated as possible within the ringing community and more generally.
Work Group LeadLibrary Steward
Chris Ridley
halead@cccbr.org.uk
Alan Glover
librarysteward@cccbr.org.uk
(01743 891407)
Six Bells House, Worthen, Shropshire, SY5 9HT 

The Council’s existing collection of books, archives and other ringing related artifacts must be the premier source of information on the heritage of ringing. In addition, we are committed to undertake further research and development of historical information to promote and sustain ringing.  Given the wide range of subjects that ringing embodies this work has been grouped around a number of key themes.

Activity areaTopicsContacts
Biographies  – Biographic records
– Rolls of Honour
– Index of published obituaries 
biographies@cccbr.org.uk

rollsofhonour@cccbr.org.uk or
rolls@cccbr.org.uk
Historical research  – Ringing in wider historical perspective
– Engaging/supporting new researchers
– History CC Committees/WGs
– History ringing societies
bellringinghistory@cccbr.org.uk 
Library Collection  – General enquiries on historical information
– Books and archives
– Recordings of bells and ringing
– Friends of the Library
library@cccbr.org.uk or
librarysteward@cccbr.org.uk

friends@cccbr.org.uk
Ringing artefacts  – Historic photographs
– Historical prints
– Illuminated peal books
– Membership and other certificates
– Peal Boards
– Society Badges and logos
bellringinghistory@cccbr.org.uk 
Ringing machines– Mechanical
– Electronic
bellringinghistory@cccbr.org.uk 
Ringing Performances  – Historic peal record
– Peals analysis
– Historic quarter peal records
– Quarter peal analysis
ringingperformances@cccbr.org.uk
errors@felstead.org.uk 

As the premier collection of books, archives and other ringing related artifacts the Library is a key historical information source. Further enquires should be address to:

Library Steward: Alan Glover librarysteward@cccbr.org.uk
(01743 891407)
Six Bells House, Worthen, Shropshire, SY5 9HT 

On-line access to certain information is also directly available through the following links:

ItemLink
General informationhttps://cccbr.org.uk/resources/library/
Friends of the Library Essayshttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/friends/
Library Collection Cataloguehttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/catalogue/
ItemLink
General (Change Ringing Resources)https://www.ringing.info/ 
Society Badge Cataloguehttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/badge-catalogue/ 
Felstead databasehttp://cccbr.org.uk/felstead/ 
General informationhttps://cccbr.org.uk/resources/library/
Friends of the Library Essayshttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/friends/
Library Collection Cataloguehttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/catalogue/
Obituary Indexhttps://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/bellringers-obituaries-index/ 
Periodicals
Church Bells extracts (1870 to 1906)
Bell News and Ringers’ Record (1881 to 1915)
Campanology (1896 to 1897)
The Bellringer (1907)
The Ringing World (1911 to 1970)
https://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/online-publications/ 
Library publications for sale https://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/library/publications/ 

Useful external information sources

ItemLink
Change Ringing Resources
(comprehensive source of information on bells and ringing) 
https://www.ringing.info/ 
Loughborough Bell Museum
(information on the museum and archives – in particular sections covering visiting, for the enthusiast and archives) 
https://taylorbells.co.uk/   
Whiting Society
(number of interesting publications together with access to scanned copies of many early books including  the original county church bells publications) 
https://whitingsociety.org.uk/old-ringing-books/old-books-menu.html 
NameInterests
Richard Allton– Peals analysis
Richard Andrew– Biographies
– Peal boards
Simon Aves– Biographies
Alan Baldock– Felstead peal database
James Blackburn(CCCBR Ringing Machines Steward) – Ringing machines
Gareth Davies– Ringing in wider historical perspective
– Dissemination of information
– Engaging/supporting new researchers
Linda Georgiades– Friends of the Library
Alan Glover(CCCBR Library Steward)– Library Steward
– Books and archives
– Ringing Badges
John Harrison– Biographies- Digital platform
– Making information accessible
– Promoting ringing history
– History of ringing societies
– History of CC Committees/WGs
Doug Hird– Digital platform
Sue Marsden– Peal boards
Bill Purvis– Ringing machines
Alan Regin– Rolls of Honour
Chris Ridley– Badges
– Membership certificates
– Historic ringing prints
Ian Self– Friends of the Library
– Biographies
David Underdown– Biographies
– Historic research
– Dissemination of information
– Digital platform