[from The Transactions of the Vaughan Archaeological and Historical Society, Volume XXX (1991-92), p.1.]
Dora Valentine [...] died in January 1992 and from the tributes which have been paid to her, it is obvious that Dora was not just a person whose tremendous abilities and organisational skills were confined simply to own own Society. I hope we shall be remembering Dora when we reach our Fiftieth Anniversary and that our tribute to her will be the strong continuance of this Society. [...]
J. E. Bicker
[from The Transactions of the Vaughan Archaeological and Historical Society, Volume XXX (1991-92), pp.14-15.]
Dora Valentine who died earlier this year was a founder member of the Vaughan Archaeological and Historical Society and was its secretary for nearly 40 years.
In addition to the secretarial work she arranged rambles and helped organise a Thursday Group for additional outings and visits to various places. She put a lot of hard work into all these events and always did her "homework" thoroughly.
She was also very much involved in the projects for the study of brasses in Leicestershire and also one for watermills in the county and arranged publications of the two booklets. Many members remember her warm welcome to all the people who attended the Society's meetings most of whom she knew by name. She also visited members who had the misfortune to be ill.
All her work had to be done under the difficulty of bad lighting. The house in which she lived had not been modernised and there was no electricity, so in the evening she had to work by gas-light which is not very illuminating.
Up to [her] retirement she was the official assistant secretary of [the] W.E.A.
Apart from all this she was a stalwart member of the Museums Association and a worker for the Leicester Cathedral Fellowship and also for charity.
Last revised 10 December 2007 (ADW)
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