Diaries of Miss Madge Carter, 1924-1996

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection comprises 65 diaries, written by Miss Madge Carter (1924-1926, 1928-1959 and 1961-1996), recording her day to day activities, during her time at school and then working as a secretary for a number of different organisations, such as the Hudson Bay Company. Also includes references to her experiences during the Second World War, her involvement with the Barking and District Historical Society, and finally her retirement at Birchwood Residential Home, Ilford.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miss Madge Carter (1906-1999) was educated at Glenham College, Ilford, and on leaving she worked for the Hudson Bay Company. She went on to work as a secretary for a number of other companies, including Kodak Ltd, Enoch Powell and the Greyhound Association. However her first love was archaeology. She was a member of the Royal Archelogical Institute, and went on to become the first female chair of the Barking and District Historical Society (formally known as Barking and District Archaeological Society) in 1971. She served in this post, with many meetings being held at her home in Wellesley Road, until 1977. She later became the Vice-Preseident, and continued to attend meetings well in to her eighties. Madge Carter spent the last years of her life living at Birchwood Residential Home, Ilford. She died in June 1999.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open to research and can be viewed at the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre. To make an appointment to visit the reading room, please telephone 020 8227 2033 or email at localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dorothy Lockwood in September 1999.

Note

Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Borough Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

For further information about the contents of this collection, please contact the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre by telephone 020 8227 2033 or email at localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

This collection was previously held by the creator, Miss Madge Carter. It was then passed on to Mark Watson of Valence House Museum by a fellow member of the Barking and District Historical Society, Dorothy Lockwood in September 1999.