Over 2,000 documents, catalogues and photographs, which chart the rising fortunes of Crittall Windows Ltd over the 20thCentury, are being developed into an internationally significant archive of the company’s history.
The project is a joint venture between Crittall Windows Ltd, Braintree District Museum Trust Ltd and Braintree District Council. The project is joint-funding a young apprentice, Richard White, who is kick-starting the project by cataloguing the existing archive, currently held at Braintree District Museum.
The project launched on Thursday 29 November with the event ‘Collecting Crittalls’. Over 30 local people who owned objects, documents, photographs and other materials related to Crittalls attended the launch to see archive materials and donate items. A fantastic range of artefacts was donated to the Museum, including an Old Iron Portrait of F. Humphries, the bronze prototype of a plaque for Silver End Memorial Gardens, previously unseen photographs, and a circular window frame.
Councillor Jo Beavis, Cabinet Member for Communities, said of the project: “This promises to be a fascinating archive that will bring the company’s, and of course the town’s, history to life. It’s great to be working in partnership with Crittalls, particularly to fund the apprenticeship of Richard White who will be driving forward the research for this project. ‘Collecting Crittalls’ will be fascinating and I look forward to meeting local people there and finding out at first hand how Crittalls shaped their lives.”
Crittall Windows started as a local ironmonger in 1849 in Braintree and by the 1920s over half of the town’s population were employees. By the end of the century, Crittall Windows had become a global window manufacturer with factories and agents from South Africa to Australia.
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