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Delma Tomlin Personal Folder : Diary entry by Darrell Buttery, 1980

Item type: Delma Tomlin Personal Folder
Archive reference: YMP/O/4/2
Date/year: 1980
Description: photocopy of Darrell Buttery's diary entry (Local teacher, historian and later President of York Civic Trust) for 1980, as he viewed the Mystery Plays in Museum Gardens.  In 2012 he gave this quote in an interview recorded for York Civic Trust's oral history project: 
"I will have been keeping the diary for 40 uninterrupted years when we come to 2014. I never saw it as a diary about me, what it's a diary about, is about York. I think if I had to find some sort of title for the whole thing eventually, I'd try to use a phrase like that I'm Boswell to a city. But it was in '74 when I came back to teach at Nunthorpe Grammar School that I started the diary and the aim was to record what it was like in York, obviously through my eyes and through what I was doing.  The inspiration for them came particularly because I have always been interested in reading other people's letters, published letters, diaries and so on. And that to me brings history to life in a very, very vivid way. So I've got a very big collection of all of those diaries, letters and so on that have influenced me."

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