Profile – Richard Goulden

Profile – Richard J Goulden, B.A., Dip.Lib.

Born in Southborough (near Tunbridge Wells) in 1945, I was in Singapore from 1950 to 1953 and went to my first proper school, Hamilton Lodge School, in 1954 and then from 1962 at Eastbourne College; entered Sussex University in Brighton in 1964 and then was at University College, London, in 1967. In 1970 I was employed at the Public Record Office as an archivist and then in the British Library in 1977 as a cataloguer in the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) project, retiring in 2005 as the head of the British Library’s C19th British Books department (which covers the period 1801-1914).

What am I? Archivist, librarian, bookseller, bibliographer, genealogist, archaeologist, book collector and author with these books A biographical dictionary of those engaged in the Kent book trade, 1750-1900; Kent town guides, 1763-1900; two books on the Faversham and Sittingbourne book trades; The ornamental stock of Henry Woodfall; Newhaven and Seaford coastal fortifications and The war-time letters of Lieut. R. R. Goulden, 1915-1916 as well as articles in the Dictionary of National Biography and in various journals such as The book collector and the British Library’s Factotum.

I held various posts in the Sixty-Six Club such as being its Appeals director, Vice-chairman, archivist and trustee; and also was chairman of the trustees for the Sixty-Six Club Trust Fund. I was the Secretary of the Spurs Club (and my wife Caroline was its Treasurer for sixteen years), later becoming its archivist. Both the Sixty-Six Club and the Spurs Club papers were catalogued by me and these club papers are now held in the British Deaf History’s national archives. I also  catalogued the British Deaf Association’s papers (covering its beginnings to when Elizabeth Wincott left the BDA) and these papers are now in the London Metropolitan Archives.

I became a British Deaf History Society trustee in 2016, having been a member for several years and now serve on the acquisitions sub-committee.


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