In mid 2007 Tony and I were discussing the amazing historical caving archive contained within his Log Books. I suggested that I photographed them and was surprised that Tony agreed since, to my knowledge, he had never loaned them to anyone. I also think that Tony was surprised that someone would be daft enough to photograph them.
Tony also informed Richard Witcombe and myself that he would be delighted if the Log Books could be uploaded to the MCRA web site and then they could be a resource for the caving community.
Tony’s Log Books provide a complete record of all the caving trips that he undertook between 1964 and 2008. Many of us will remember Tony in the Hunters or in Bat Products completing Log Book entries.
Each entry consists of the following – Cave Name, Area, Location, Duration of the trip, Who was also on the trip and a description. In addition some entries are annotated Dive, Rescue, Discovery, Connection.
The main caving areas that Tony caved in are Mendip, Scotland and India (Meghalaya) but Tony caved all over the world.
The Log Books have not been electronically indexed (as yet), but Tony has included a written index to each book in its final pages. There is however a Word Document available for download listing all the discoveries Tony has been involved with.
There are 2871 pages and Tony spent 11,481 hours underground.
Location/owner: Wells Museum. Photographed/scanned by: Alan Gray. Indexed by Peter Burgess (volumes 1-5), Alan Gray (discoveries).