The Margery Allingham Society

From The Glue Works

The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society

No.13 - Summer 2006

Dear Members
Welcome to the Glueworks and an especial welcome to all those of you who have recently joined the Society. We look forward to meeting you at our forthcoming events.
Margery's Grave
The headstone on the grave of Margery Allingham and Philip Youngman Carter has recently been cleaned. In the 40 years since Margery's death it had considerably weathered, and the lettering was becoming hard to distinguish. Mr Eustace King of Tiptree undertook the restoration and the stone is now returned to something of its former clarity. Our thanks are due to Mrs Philippa Fairburn, churchwarden of Tolleshunt D'Arcy who acted as intermediary in the matter.
The Archive
The joint archive of Margery Allingham and Philip Youngman Carter has been deposited on permanent loan to the University of Essex in Colchester, specifically to the Albert Sloman Library of that institution. The Library has a number of important collections already in its keeping, including one devoted to William Blake, one to Sigmund Freud, and one to Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. It also holds the archive of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Work has begun on classifying and cataloguing the collections, which are extensive and include the manuscripts of certain books and stories and much of the graphic work of Youngman Carter. There is also a range of material relating to the Allingham family.
The archive may be consulted by members of the Society (and others with a particular interest) during the Library's opening hours, on weekdays from Monday to Friday. It is closed at the weekends. The Society intends to arrange a group visit during the spring of next year. (see below)
The address is
The Albert Sloman Library
University of Essex
P.O. Box 24
Colchester C04 3UA
email: nigel@essex.ac.uk
Future Programme
The future programme of the Society now includes the following items. Some dates are still to be confirmed.
Cambridge Weekend: 22 - 24 September 2006
This will take place at the Arundel House Hotel in Chesterton Road, Cambridge. Full details are enclodes for members who have confirmed their wish to attend.
Informal autumn meeting in London
If you would be interested in attending a friendly get-together (for a meal and perhaps some form of entertainment) in October/November, please let Marianne know by e-mail or Barry by letter or phone.
See the Contacts page.
Spring 2007: Society visit to the Albert Sloman Library at the the University of Essex
19 May 2007: Annual General Meeting at the University Women's Club and Birthday Lunch
This will be the eighth in the series of lunches to mark the joint birthday of Margery, who would have been 103, and Albert, who will be 107. Our guest on this occasion will be the eminent crime writer Jonathan Gash, creator of the equivocal antique dealer Lovejoy, who also became popular on television. (the series is now being repeated on ITV3)
June 2007: American Convention of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society at Wheaton College, Illinois
The Margery Allingham Society will participate in this event, which will effectively be a joint convention, though organised by the Dorothy L. Sayers Society. Three Allingham items are expected to figure on the programme: 'Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers'; 'Margery Allingham's fictional Americans'; and 'Margery Allingham's American friends and professional associates'.
Autumn 2007
We intend to arrange an event on London to celebrate the 70th birthday of Dancers in Mourning and its world of musical theatre. We have been in touch with the Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge Appreciation Society and hope that we may have their co-operation. Watch this space.
D'Arcy House
D'Arcy House at Tolleshunt D'Arcy is again on the market. The house is remarkable in having two blue plaques on its front elevation: one for Dr John Salter and one for Margery Allingham. Margery lived there from 1935 to her death in 1966, the Doctor for many years before that. The agent is Fenn, Wright of Colchester and the asking price is 850,000

Greetings from all at the Glueworks.


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