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Oswin E. Craster and guidebooks

Oswin Edmund Craster (1916-2006) was appointed an Assistant Inspector to the Office of Works in 1938. After war service in the SOE (in France and Burma) [ 118 more words

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To Travel Guide Or Not To Travel Guide

The first thing I do when I decide to visit a foreign country is buy a Lonely Planet guide. I’ll read it cover to cover on the relevant areas I’ll be visiting, tab pages that have places I want to see and rip out the city map in the back. 725 more words


A.J. Taylor and Ministry of Works Guidebooks

Arnold Joseph Taylor (1911-2002) wrote several of the guidebooks for England and Wales. In 1935 he was appointed Assistant Inspector to the Office of Works, and in 1946 Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Wales, Assistant Chief Inspector in 1954, and Chief Inspector in 1961 (to 1972). 58 more words

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Guides for Ancient Monuments in Wales

Sir Cyril Fox’s guide to the Ancient Monuments in the Care of the Ministry of Works in South Wales and Monmouthshire (1954) provides a window into how the work for providing guidebooks was progressing. 44 more words

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William Frances Grimes and guidebooks for Wales

William Francis Grimes had worked for the National Museum in Cardiff until just before the Second World War when he went to the Ordnance Survey (and took part in the… 109 more words

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Ministry of Works guidebooks to Wales

By 1955, the Ministry of Works had published (or was planning to publish) nearly 50 guidebooks and pamphlets to sites in Wales in its care. These included ones by the following authors (and using the spelling then used): 214 more words

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Crossraguel Abbey

After the Second World War Ralegh Radford conducted two excavations in Scotland: one at Whithorn, and the other on Orkney. It was at this  time that he prepared the Department of the Environment ‘blue’ guide on Crossraguel Abbey (1970). 49 more words

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