- 19th century - 2012 (Creation)
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2 large volumes, 6 boxes, 3 albums of photographs, 3 outsize items
Name of creator
The original Holman Brothers records in this collection were inherited by Geoff Holman from his father Tom, being the remainder of the Holman archive after Tom had donated parts to various repositories. The collection was donated to the archive by Geoff's widow Lynn Holman in June 2012.
The collection was in a relatively well ordered state when received by the archive, with records of particular types stored in labelled boxes, alongside other boxes of a more miscellaneous nature. The series into which the collection has been divided broadly reflect this arrangement.
The first four series contain records of Holman Brothers Ltd. The photographs were partly listed and numbered by Geoff himself and have been catalogued as a series, retaining his numbering (HOLM-4). The trade catalogues also formed a clearly distinguishable unit and have been catalogued as a series (HOLM-3). The remainder have been divided up into original records and copies of material held elsewhere, and catalogued as two series (HOLM-1 and HOLM-2). Material collected or created by Geoff Holman follows, divided into series according to its nature (HOLM-5 to HOLM-12). A small number of personal items relating to Geoffs life have been placed together as the final series (HOLM-13).
Printed material including booklets, reprints, cuttings and ephemera has been moved to the Mills Archive library. Postcards have been placed in the Watlington Postcard and Art Collection. Duplicates, photocopied material, printouts from websites and digital copies of published material have been discarded.
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Scope and content
Records of Holman Brothers Ltd, including ledgers, wage books, photographs, trade catalogues, correspondence, plans and other documents dating from the 19th century to 1975. These relate largely to ploughing and threshing, but also to millwrighting. To this Geoff Holman has added material he created or collected from the late 20th century to the 2000s relating to his research into the firm and his wider interest in wind and water mills. This includes photographs of mills, digital and paper drafts of a book on Holman Brothers and related research, and digital files on mills, mainly those in Kent.
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This collection may be consulted free of charge at the Mills Archive; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
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Existence and location of originals
The photocopied notebooks in HOLM/2, and probably the other items in that series, are copied from a collection of approximately 75 Holman engineering notebooks held by the University of Kent Special Collections, Templeman Library.
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Collection catalogued by Nathanael Hodge, November - December 2013. Read more about the cataloguing process. Photographs digitised by Cara Sheldrake, March 2014 and Kate Doughty, Nov 2015 - Jan 2016.
Fielding, F., P. McFarlane, M. Steed, S. Tyler & M. Wood. (1992). The Holmans of Canterbury. Canterbury: Oaten Hill and District Society.
Fielding, F., S. Tyler & M. Wood. (1993). Dover Street Remembered. Canterbury: Oaten Hill and District Society.
Hastings, J., & Perriss, B. (1998). Nunnery Fields Remembered. Canterbury: Oaten Hill and District Society.
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