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Front image of the Royal Albert bronze (7 year) service medal of Pauline Clarkson, a sewing maid, who started in 1907. She was to marry Joseph Alston, a joiner at the institution. Both are listed in the 1937 Historical Synopsis. Their son, Joe Alston, went on to work at the Royal Albert and research its history.  | Courtesy of Joe Alston
Front image of the Royal Albert bronze (7 year) service medal of Pauline Clarkson, a sewing maid, who started in 1907. She was to marry Joseph Alston, a joiner at the institution. Both are listed in the 1937 Historical Synopsis. Their son, Joe Alston, went on to work at the Royal Albert and research its history.
Courtesy of Joe Alston
Back image of the Royal Albert bronze (7 year) service medal of Pauline Clarkson, a sewing maid, who started in 1907. She was to marry Joseph Alston, a joiner. Both are listed in the 1937 Historical Synopsis. Their son, Joe Alston, went on to work at the Royal Albert and research its history.  | Courtesy of Joe Alston.
Back image of the Royal Albert bronze (7 year) service medal of Pauline Clarkson, a sewing maid, who started in 1907. She was to marry Joseph Alston, a joiner. Both are listed in the 1937 Historical Synopsis. Their son, Joe Alston, went on to work at the Royal Albert and research its history.
Courtesy of Joe Alston.
An endowed brass bed plate at the Royal Albert - Herbert Storey, 1898. The 1937 'Historical Synopsis' lists this and other 'Endowed Beds'.  | Mandy Cody image of a Lancashire County Museum Service item.
An endowed brass bed plate at the Royal Albert - Herbert Storey, 1898. The 1937 'Historical Synopsis' lists this and other 'Endowed Beds'.
Mandy Cody image of a Lancashire County Museum Service item.

This ‘Historical Synopsis’ (or summary) written by Samuel Keir (Secretary 1905 – 1937), was published by the Royal Albert Institution in December 1937.

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)

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