Library & Archives Blog – Meet a volunteer…

Over the past couple of weeks I have been on outreach sessions talking about a few of the churches in Whitby so it seemed appropriate to write about one our volunteers who has done her own research into some of the local religious establishments.

Monica has been a volunteer in the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society for 40 years! For 15 years, prior to her volunteering, she was a Medical Technician in the Imperial Chemical Industries Laboratory.

Monica became involved while researching local history, particularly looking at the religious establishments of the area, turning that knowledge into books featuring Littlebeck, Catholic Churches and the ‘Society of Friends’ (Quakers) – all available to read in our library.

An interesting fact that I discovered from her is that the Cosa Nostra restaurant in Whitby at 161, Church Street was the meeting place of the ‘Society of Friends’ from 1659 to 2006.

Monica usually comes in once week and is pictured below identifying maps. She is also Chairperson of the Whitby Trust for the Blind…a very busy lady!

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