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Publisher toasts 75th anniversary of archive

A regional publisher has celebrated the 75th anniversary of one of its library archives with a special reception for the people who helped create it.

The Archant Norfolk editorial library contains centuries of newspaper history with hundreds of cuttings, photographs and bound volumes of past editions.

Staff from the past six decades gathered to mark the milestone birthday of the library at Prospect House boardroom in Norwich – and marvel once again over some of its treasures.

The collection includes bound volumes of the Norwich Mercury from the 1750s, the very first Eastern Daily Press from 1870 and news stories and photographs of countless thousands of national and local events.

One of the former librarians who attended the celebration was Val Chaplin Gale who said she found out more about her own family while she was working there.

“I found stories about my grandfather, who was killed in the First World War, and how he had won the DSO (Distinguished Service Order.) My mother was a baby when he died so we didn’t really know anything about him,” he said.

Staff from the past six decades gathered to mark the 75th birthday of the library