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Missing Gracie Fields scrapbooks reunited
- 22 December 2014
Rochdale Borough’s Museum has recently acquired a collection of scrapbooks charting the life of Gracie Fields. The books have been missing since around 1984 when the Gracie Fields archive was donated to the people of Rochdale following Gracie’s husband’s, Boris Alperovici’s, death.
Approximately 70 of the scrapbooks made it to the museum but 20 of the books went missing before they reached the museum and their whereabouts have been unknown since.
Seb Lassandro, the President of the Gracie Fields Appreciation Society is thrilled the books have been returned to their rightful home. “These missing volumes will provide a valuable insight into Gracie’s contribution to the war effort and also through the 1930’s when Gracie was at the height of her career.”
Sarah Hodgkinson, Resource Officer for the Museum, is delighted the books have been reunited with their brothers and sisters and are now safely stored at the Arts and Heritage Resource Centre.
A quick glance at the books has revealed that not only was Gracie Fields the highest paid film-star of the 1930’s, but she was also the highest paid concert artist of the late 1940s, being paid £100 per minute for a series of concerts in 1948.
Several of the books are still missing so the search continues…
The Arts and Heritage Resource Centre and Touchstones are managed by the Link4Life Cultural Trust. Touchstones is located on The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ and is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.
For further information call 01706 924492 or visit www.link4life.org/touchstones.