The cataloguing and conservation part of the Donald Healey Motor Company project at Warwickshire County Record Office is coming to an end, but other work relating to the Healey collection continues.
The catalogue for the collection is now online via our Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked website and final reference numbers are being written on the documents. The catalogue will get updated as more material is numbered and therefore available for use.
A leaflet on using the online catalogue, visiting the record office to look at the Healey material, and getting copies of items for research or publication is available from the County Record Office website.
One of the aspects of the project that will carry on is interviewing people for an oral history to keep with the collection. This is a job that volunteers will continue to do and we are very grateful for the effort they’ve already put into interviewing people and transcribing the results.
Some statistics on the project may be of interest. There are 30 boxes of records including eight containing almost 600 photographs; plus 20 portfolios and rolls of drawings. There are about 700 catalogue entries for the collection describing over 1,000 items (some of which are files containing multiple documents). This also includes material donated since the project began in July 2016.
Inevitably there are some items (mostly photographs) which haven’t been catalogued yet because we can’t identify them – despite the best efforts of some of the Healey family and experts that volunteered to pass on their knowledge. We are hoping that over time these images can be described, so as part of this process we are going to publish some further blogs to show these photos to see if people can identify them.
Several people got in touch with us after the first image we asked for help on (below) was published. As a result we think it may be the Ferrari purchased from the Marquis de Portago to use the Ferrari engine for the Healey company’s X224 project. So thanks to those who responded with information. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
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