Mystery over whereabouts of town historical document

Percy Grainger-Australian composer who visited Brigg for the music festival and heard Brigg Fair sung as a folk song.
Percy Grainger-Australian composer who visited Brigg for the music festival and heard Brigg Fair sung as a folk song.

A key document relating to the visits of Australian composer Percy Grainger to Brigg in the early 1900s has been mislaid.

One of the two volumes of the ‘Percy Grainger Thesis’ includes records of his visit when he heard the folk song Brigg Fair sung at the town’s music festival.

And it was this volume that was wanted to be part of the new artefacts displayed in the Brigg Heritage Centre.

It had been looked after by the library services of North Lincolnshire Council, which are now located in the same Angel building.

Chairman of the North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival Society Tom Glossop has initiated a search for a replacement copy and enquiries have been made to 
Melbourne University with a view to securing a bound copy of the thesis to replace the lost volume.

Coun Rob Waltham told the monthly meeting of Brigg Town Council he would also take the matter of the missing thesis up with North Lincolnshire Library Service.

Speaking to the Mail, Coun Waltham said: “It looks as if the document that was once in Brigg Library is not where it should be and it looks as if it somehow got moved from the library.

“We are making positive steps to see if the council can get another copy.”

Tom Glossop said: “There are two volumes which focus on his travels and it is unfortunately the one that records his visits to Brigg, listening to folk songs at the festival, that has gone missing.

“I have been in touch with Melbourne University, where the originals are, and we hope we can get two bound copies that can be brought to Brigg.”