Bedford Morris Men
have maintained an Archive of material related to their
activities since the earliest days. The main
documents were the Log Books and the Scrapbooks that
were kept by most Morris Sides. However, the
Archive also contains
Minutes, Accounts, Secretary's Files and Diaries of the
Bedford Morris Men and information from sundry other
sources, including the Archives of The Morris Ring.
Based on these documents, a
summary "Record of Activities" has been created.
It includes a list of dancing and other events from 1932
when the Side was formed to the present day. The
events list also includes
some activities from as early as 1928 undertaken by
those groups of Morris Dancers who later came together
as Bedford Morris Men.
The first edition of the Record of
Activities was compiled to celebrate BMM's Diamond
Jubilee. It was produced as a coherent listing of
events undertaken from their various beginnings, but
principally at Clapham Road Lower School in 1928,
through formation as Bedford Morris Men in 1932, up to
the end of their 60th Anniversary Year in 1992.
It has been continuously
updated since then, as further information and material
have become available.
Those who require more general
review of the history of the side are referred to the
Golden Jubilee publication "The First Fifty Years
1932 - 1982",
produced by BMM, and
written by Arthur Guppy, Len Arnold, David Welti and Ted
The BMM Archive Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums
These presently comprise 36 volumes in total:
* Three are completely original
scrapbooks and include the earliest volume with material
from 1930 to 1966, and two later volumes with material
from 1972 to 1975, and 1978 to 1981.
* Seven further volumes
(1928-1949; 1950-1955; 1956-1959; 1960 - 1966;
1967-1972; 1973-1977; 1978-1982) duplicate these earlier
volumes in small part and include the very considerable
volume of additional material that has become available
since that time.
Some items, in particular newspaper cuttings which had
been taped between pages of the earlier scrapbook
volumes and which were deteriorating badly, have been
transferred to these newer volumes after restoration and
mounting on acid free paper.
* Twenty six volumes bring the
record up to the present (1983/4; 1985/6; 1987/8; 1989;
1990; 1991; 1992 [two volumes]; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996;
1997 [two volumes]; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007-2008, 2009 and 2010).
The first of these also
contains elements of earlier scrapbook keepers' material
which, having been loose-leafed, could be readily and
better protected in the present format.
The Archive Albums and the "Record" have been
supplemented by material copied or donated from various
. Those collections
consulted for the Record include:
The Morris files of the late
Fred Hamer, sometime squire of BMM and of The
Morris Ring, and now held by his son, Hugh Hamer.
The scrapbooks and photograph
albums of David Welti, sometimes Squire
of BMM and Squire of The Morris Ring from 1976 to 1978.
Three albums, belonging to the
late Roy Horton, for many years Fool of
Albums of photographs and a
cuttings belonging to
Peter Rollason, who danced with BMM in the
period 1947 to 1961.
The scrapbook of the late
Mrs Freda Abbott
(née Ginn); a copy, with commentary, is available as BMM
Archive Report No. 2.
The log books and photograph
albums of the Luton Longstraw Morris Men
which are on permanent loan to, and in the care of, BMM
from Bill French, the last Squire of
the Longstraw Men.
A summary of these is
available as BMM Archive Report No. 3.
The scrapbook of the late
[formerly of Rugby Morris Men and then
founder member and Squire of the first Cardiff
This came into the BMM
Archive's care on his death.
A copy with commentary is
available as BMM Archive Report No. 4.
The logbook of the Rugby
Morris Men, donated via BMM to the Morris Ring
by Pat Robbins, a musician member of that side, and held
for the present by BMM.
Booklet on the History of Rugby
Morris Men has
been published, based on these documents and other
The scrapbooks [some thirty in
number] belonging to
Gordon Ridgewell [formerly of Standon
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