After the feverish activity during the last quarter of 2007, 2008 was a comparatively quite year for donations, which gave me time to work on existing
submissions together with a degree of personal work and private commissions.


May 2008 brought an interesting enquiry from Rowena Jay, photographer and driving force behind the Alphington Local History Group, who was looking for material
she could include in a forthcoming exhibition of ‘People from Alphington’ which was to be part on the Exeter Autumn Festival.



Two of the exhibition boards used to display items supplied by the Rough Collie National Archive to the Alphington Local History Group and used as part of their Alphington People exhibition in November 2008 which was itself part of Exeter’s Autumn Festival.


Images courtesy of Rowena Jay


The Rough Collie Archive was not only able to supply copies of some of the material we hold on the Alphington Kennel, but we were also able to provide a great deal of background material on the kennel and its influence, and, as can be seen here, this was sufficient to fill three exhibition boards becoming a focal point of the exhibition with its accompanying lecture given by Rowena. Additionally a page giving brief details about the Alphington Kennel together with a link to the Rough Collie Breed Council web-site has been added to the Alphington Local History Group ‘Living Here’ web-site.


New material donated during the year includes:

Audrey Chatfield ‘Dunsinane’ has donated a large collection of marked Catalogues covering the year 1960 to 2000 and including an almost complete set of Yorkshire Collie Club show catalogues for this period.

A full set of Round Ups donated by Peter Chave and the West of England Collie Society.

Both of these physical collections, from which relevant material will be archived as time permits, are featured independently, as are the three pages from nineteenth century copies of Illustrated London News I acquired during the year.

National Rough Collie Archivist