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Miss Dorothy Abel Smith MBE
Miss Elizabeth Hunter
Mr Bryan Hammond
The 30th AGM was held on October 18th 2018 HALS, County Hall, Hertford at the invitation of the County Archivist, Chris Bennett and his staff. The meeting was followed by a brief tour of the Store Rooms, Conservation Studio and Archive Reading Room. A celebration tea and cake concluded the afternoon. The Museums Development Officer, Claire Walsh was thanked for her support of the HHF.
The need for a county based fund and the HHF launch 1988 was described. In 30 years, 80 grants have been made which have included paintings, ceramics, coins, statuettes and two major Roman burial hoards. The largest and probably the greatest achievement was in 1992. The Panshanger Archive on long loan to Hertfordshire Archives was for sale by a member of the family and valued at c£1million. The second appeal was for the Delme-Radcliffe Archive in 2009. The family that had owned Hitchin Priory since the Reformation loaned the collection to Hertfordshire Archives but wished to sell. £150,000.00 was the agreed value. In each case, the HHF as a charity, was able to channel monies raised through its account to enable the acquisitions to be made in lieu of tax.
Each application is looked at on its own merits, its significance to Hertfordshire and its provenance. Auctions are more difficult to value but there have been successes and losses. Guide Lines for Applicants are issued to all museum curators.
A web site www.hertfordshireheritagefund.co.uk has been created and an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Data Protection (DGRP) has been addressed and all HHF supporters have been informed.
The Trustees are grateful to our patrons, supporters and donors for making funds available for many years to come, so thank you.