Great Gerald Massey website ...
CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IF ANYONE IS IN LONDON ANYTIME SOON ...
The Upper Norwood Joint Library, which opened in 1900; and, despite great public protest, is now under threat of closure
; serves an area of South London near the site of the old Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936.
The library houses The Gerald Massey Collection,
which was donated to us some years ago by David Shaw, author of "Gerald Massey: Chartist, Poet, Radical and Freethinker". The collection consists of a wide range of materials about Massey and the various fields he was involved with.
It is divided into sections on Massey the radical, the poet, the Shakespearean critic, the spiritualist and the Egyptologist, with a final category of miscellaneous materials. There are books (the Chartist movement has particularly strong coverage), magazine articles, census entries, a few manuscripts, photographs, two Chartist medals etc.
It is advisable to make an appointment to see material from the collection. The library is situated at Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1TJ ― telephone 020 8670 2551; email to:
(Jerry Savage Reference & Local History Librarian)
Now I predict that with this XIE book there may well develop a massive interest in the work of Gerald Massey. And here is a trove of information ABOUT TO BE CLOSED DOWN / RELOCATED. Imagine if we could arrange for that collection to be digitised?? Who knows what treasures a person with 'eyes to see', such as Acharya, would be able to find there.
Perhaps we could start a fund to fly Acharya over to view the materials?? A good friend of mine is a high-up civil servant working in the centre of London who could direct anyone interested to the location.