Heritage Services Manager awarded BEM
Terry Bracher, our very own Heritage Services Manager, was recently awarded a BEM for services to Heritage and Public Libraries in Wiltshire.
Under his leadership, WSHC has been recognised as one of the top ten services in the country. He oversees our eight miles of archives and a wide range of outreach services, and has been influential in developing local studies work focussing on recognising and celebrating diversity.
He previously worked as Local Studies Librarian for Northamptonshire. During this time, about ten years ago, he chaired a Black History Project which was recognised by the national media as a trailblazer. Thanks to the project and its many volunteers, these once-forgotten histories are now being taught in Northamptonshire schools and information about the lives of black and Asian people is available throughout the libraries’ collection. A partnership brokered with Northampton Town Football Club’s anti-racism project also allowed young people to share stories of local black historical figures.
Terry was also previously a librarian at the Shropshire Records and Research Centre, now known as Shropshire Archives.
We are delighted Terry’s hard work and dedication have been recognised with this honour.