Records of the Wessex Road Club

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes and register of members.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Wessex Road Club was formed at a meeting held at Whaddon, Wiltshire on 6 April 1924. Membership was open to any member of the Cyclists' Touring Club and, according to the Club rules of 1925, its main objective was the encouragement of road racing and path racing. The Club also held social events such as an annual dinner. It attracted members from the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. The Club headquarters were in Ringwood, Hampshire and the official meetings of the Club were held largely in various public houses and tea rooms in towns and villages in Wiltshire and Hampshire. The Club was affiliated to the Road Racing Council and the National Cyclists' Union and it also arranged racing events with other clubs, including the Poole Wheelers Cycling Club. The Honorary Secretary of the Club from 1925 was C. Neale of Dorset and the records in this collection are largely in his hand.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in December 1997.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham website at http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/. A paper catalogue is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

A number of collections relating to the pastime of cycling are held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. These include papers of the National Cyclists' Union (GB 152 MSS. 328) and the Cyclists' Touring Club (GB 1052 MSS.328/C).