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Notes and news — September 1971

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Second GLIAS Annual General Meeting

The Society's second AGM was held on Saturday, 26th June at the Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square, WC1. The Chairman, Alan Thomas, began the meeting at 2 o'clock. After welcoming those present, he read a message of good wishes from the Society's President, Michael Robbins, who, regrettably, was again unable to be present at the meeting.

The Secretary, Paul Carter, began his report by looking back over the past year. During this time, which he felt had been a period of establishment for the Society, membership had risen to 195 individuals and 18 affiliated organisations. It was felt that membership could have increased further if the success of GLIAS's entry in the BBC 'Chronicle' I.A. Competition (GLIAS Newsletter April 1971) had not coincided with the Postal strike.

Once again a variety of events had been organised and received, on the whole, good support from members. These included visits to the Port of London Authority Paintings and Prints Collection, the National Monuments Record, the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, Whitefriars Glass, and the I.T.A. Television Gallery, and a limited visit to Crossness Pumping Engine House. Six walks had taken place in the year, and the annual Canal Cruise, from Camden to Hayes, was very successful. The Society's Workshop evenings had achieved their aim of establishing communications with other Societies. GLIAS also joined the Regent's Canal Group. A series of lectures on 'Field Techniques in I.A.' had been held by the University of London Extra-Mural Department, mainly due to GLIAS pressure. The three-day joint visit with SLAS to Derbyshire had once more proved very enjoyable. An evening symposium on I.A. in Education had shown that there is much to be done in this field. That GLIAS and its aims are being taken seriously was shown by the Society's success in the 'Chronicle' competition (GLIAS Newsletter April 1971). Six Newsletters, eight Notices of events, a Questionnaire and a Membership List were published. A number of members have been involved, individually and in association with other Societies, in a variety of field projects.

The Secretary saw the coming year as one of great challenge to the Society, internally with the improvement of administration, and externally with increased activities being dealt with by Committees and Project Groups.

The Treasurer, Godfrey Oxley-Sidey, reported that the Society's accounts, a copy of which had been circulated to members before the meeting, did not show the surplus which he could have hoped for. He stressed that printing and distribution costs, especially with the increased postal charges, were a main item of expenditure, and he felt that an increase in the Society Subscriptions would do much to alleviate this. The winning of £250 in the 'Chronicle' competition would enable GLIAS to undertake ventures it would not otherwise have contemplated in the coming year. It was also hoped that an increase in saleable publications would help the situation.

There was only one nomination for each post of Society Officer, and seven nominations for the remaining seven places on the Executive Committee, so the Meeting elected the nominees unopposed.

After a short interval, etc, Patrick Beaver gave an illustrated talk on 'The Crystal Palace 1851-1936'. This was received with such great acclaim that a vote of thanks was scarcely needed.

Those present were able to see displays in the Entrance Hall of photographs and industrial materials. This exhibition was set up mainly by Society members.

St. John Thomas Booksellers Ltd., of 30 Woburn Place, WC1, had an excellent selection of books on display in the Entrance Hall. Members can be put on their mailing list for catalogues and booklists covering a range of historical and archaeological topics.

Canal News

A large part of the Grand Surrey Canal has been bought by Southwark Council to be filled in for use as a park. The park will cover 5½ acres between Rye Lane and the North Camberwell Open Space. This ends all hopes of the Grand Surrey being used for waterborne recreation.

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