In Memoriam - Robert Pearson 1954-2013

on Thursday, 02 January 2014.

I am sure regular users of the History Centre will be sad to learn of the death from cancer on 23 December 2013 of our colleague and dear friend, Robert Pearson.

Robert has been connected with the archive service for over 10 years, beginning as a volunteer at Trowbridge, then starting paid work in October 2003 as a part-time records assistant helping the public with enquiries. He developed a particular interest in and expertise in police and military records, as well as assisting in a private capacity in helping to compile the Church of England Clergy Database.

In 2008 he gained a post-graduate qualification in Archive Administration through distance learning with the University College Wales, at Aberystwyth, and in the same year he began a one day a week secondment as an archivist. In 2011 he became full-time project archivist for the Radnor project, cataloguing the papers of the Earls of Radnor of Longford Castle, although illness forced him to reduce his hours in 2012. It is planned to finish the catalogue in 2014, which Robert would have been very pleased to see. (If anyone has any queries about this project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Robert was a kind, generous and exceptionally positive person who bore his illness with enormous courage and good humour. He will be very much missed.


Robert’s family have asked for donations to Shaftesbury Hospital or Cancer research UK, rather than flowers. He will be having a woodland burial in Dorset later this month.
Claire Skinner

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  • Jan Oliver

    Jan Oliver

    15 February 2014 at 14:06 |
    I was extremely saddened to hear the news about Robert. He was an extremely amiable man who I had the pleasure of talking to on more than one occasion when visiting the Archives, both in Trowbridge and Chippenham. Please pass my sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed tremendously.

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