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Dr Peter Durrant MBE was County Archivist of Berkshire for 25 years until his retirement in 2014. He read history at Manchester University, where he also did his postgraduate research. He is a founder-member of the Berkshire Record Society and currently serves as the society’s General Editor. He is Chairman of the Royal County of Berkshire Churches Trust, a Vice-president of the Berkshire Family History Society, and a past President of the Reading Branch of the Historical Association. He was Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History at Reading University, 1988-2016, and for many years has taught for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and has published a number of articles in local journals and in the revised edition of the Historical Atlas of Berkshire (2012). He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2002. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Reading Abbey since 2012.