This week was a strange mix of sadness and celebration as the archives and library team bade farewell to our librarian, Louise Anderson and our archivist Dr. Tim Hopkinson-Ball. Both have come to the end of their contracts with us as we edge closer to the completion of this phase of our Beacon of Learning Project. Celebrations were also held to mark our annual volunteer Christmas party as a thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers for all their hard work this year.
The last three years have seen Tim and Louise embark on the project of reorganising our library and archive collections and making them more accessible to readers. It has been a hugely successful period and Downside thanked the two for all their hard work by seeing them off in style. We wish them all the best for the future.
We also took the opportunity to wish our volunteers a slightly early Merry Christmas to coincide with the leaving party. A great time was had by all, and once again wonderful food was provided by the Downside catering department.