The End of an Era

We are saying goodbye to one of our colleagues from the North Devon Record Office – Colin who is leaving us today.

Colin, in his own words, “came up with the documents” from the Record Office in Exeter over 28 years ago when the North Devon Record Office was being set up and has worked in the department ever since.

Colin (centre) and Les (former Athenaeum librarian) on the enquiry desk together

During his time here he has worked with three Athenaeum librarians, four North Devon Record Office archivists and five Local Studies librarians. Not to mention over 17 assistant librarians, archive assistants, and volunteers.

He has helped train many of us over the years and despite his aversion to computers has even taught this librarian a thing or two when it comes to dealing with a certain well-known piece of spreadsheet software.

Colin on the enquiry desk

The man who hates fuss, is also a little camera shy, but we have managed to scour the archives for these gems – I even managed to get this one earlier!

Colin on his last day

He will be sorely missed by staff and searchers alike – although he has threatened to return as a volunteer in the near future!

Barum Athena

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