Although a modest booklet, only 30 pages in length, it is rich in official information relating to the Royal Albert:
- A timeline of the years leading to its opening in 1870 as well as the institution’s first 60 to 70 years, including international and national references (pp 1 – 11).
- Schedule of Royal Albert general and election meetings held across the seven Northern Counties from 1864 to 1937 (pp 12-14).
- Appendix, in which can be found names of the Chairmen of the Central Committee (1864 – 1937), Quinquennial (5 yearly) festivals, financial contributions to the Royal Albert from Ladies’ Associations and towns and cities across the seven Northern Counties: Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland, Durham, Northumberland and Cheshire (pp 15-16).
- A list of Endowed Beds i.e. brass plates attached to beds with the name or names of individuals who have donated 500 guineas to the Royal Albert (p 17).
- Total cost of buildings and branches to the 31st of March, 1936. This is a list of all key Royal Albert buildings, and their cost, from its opening (1870) to 1936 (pp 17–18).
- List of all legacies (money left in a will) to the Royal Albert with names, area and amount. The contributions range from one pound to £14,000 (pp 19-25).
- ‘Donations of not less than £500’. This covers donations to the Royal Albert of as much as £30,000 down to £500 (pp 25-26).
- A list of past and present staff who have been awarded long-service medals. Given are names, jobs, year started and, if not currently employed, whether left, died or retired. This is a fascinating insight into the types of work carried out by staff in the Royal Albert’s earlier years (pp 26-30).
(Booklet courtesy of Joe Alston)