Victor Burr
Cyril Victor Burr was born in London to parents James Arthur and Julia Hannah Burr on the 5thJuly 1908. In 1939 he was living with his father in Battersea and working as a printer. In 1941 he moved to Crawley where he worked in agriculture at Tysons Nursery to help…
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After we had to stop our talks programme due to Covid-19, we are pleased to announce that our monthly talks are back. Crawley Museum Tuesday 30 November 7.00pm ‘The Other Princess Beatrice: Victoria’s Youngest Daughter and Her Circle’.  Dave explores the life, family and friends of Princess Beatrice, including Eugene…
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Iyadh: I’m Iyadh Daoud. I’m originally from Iraq, Baghdad. My mother was a head teacher and my father was an army officer. Thankfully I had excellent education. Free education. State education. And at the end of secondary school I got through the Baccalaureate and got a scholarship to come to…
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My MS Diary (almost) No Sartrean Yesterday my partner and I partook of our weekly visit to the town centre. This ‘visit’ may not be on the same day every week but we feel a need to get out once a week. Our route around the town centre is very…
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Mr Beenie came to the UK in 1967 from Gujar Khan, Pakistan. He started working for Gatwick Cars in 1979 and retired in 2017. Q. What other ethnic groups were at Gatwick? When I started working there were mostly English drivers, one Moroccan guy, a few Pakistanis and Indian. In…
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Q. What year did you arrive in England? I arrived on the 23rd January 1967 from Azad Kashmir Q. What year did you start at Gatwick Cars? I started in 1984 and then left in 1991 – due to the Gulf War. I relocated. Q. What did you enjoy about…
LG. Resident of Crawley since 1967 and local artwork by Rilla
Growing up in Crawley in the 1970s I knew only two people that were a different colour from me, and they were brother and sister. My primary school was therefore almost 100% white. Indeed it was so white, on one fateful day in 1976 I found myself being held down…
I moved to Crawley fifteen years ago, having lived in Manchester for five years before doing so, and the first 31 years of my life in Leicester. I had pre-conceived ideas of what Crawley as a new town would be like. When I was small I had relatives in Milton…
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Volunteering at Crawley Museum has given me the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of how a museum functions and what work goes into organising and storing exhibitions. I had a very romantic idea of how museums looked behind locked doors, and still do to some extent. Thanks to modern…
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It began with a talk to the U3A by the then curator of Crawley Museum, Helen Poole, and the late Gillian Pitt. They were giving us an up-date on the move from Goffs Park House to the new premises in “The Tree”. After the talk a clipboard was passed round…

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