is with great sadness we report the death on 29 January of Ray Carroll.
He had been a member of SLHA for more than 30 years and Reviews Editor
Ray had a long career in the public library service,
beginning in his native Kent and working in Nottingham, Dorset and
Gloucestershire before a spell in Vienna with the British Council. He
came to Lincolnshire as the County Librarian in 1980.
experience of books and publishing equipped him ideally for the role of
Reviews Editor for SLHA. As a librarian he was usually aware of most
books being published about Lincolnshire, whether a village history, a
biography or an academic treatise, and he had regular contacts with many
For twenty years he managed the task of enlisting
reviewers and editing their contributions with great efficiency and
skill. He also set up the regular section listing 'books published and
received' in the SLHA journal, which went some way towards alleviating
the lack of a comprehensive county bibliography.
developed a wide range of interests in his adopted county and made
significant contributions in several fields. He was an active member of
the Tennyson Society and for several years contributed to the work of
the History of Lincolnshire Committee.
He served as a council member of the Lincoln Record Society and edited the society’s Volume 84, The Printed Maps of Lincolnshire 1576-1900: A Carto-Bibliography, published in 1996 – a superb achievement. He also found time to follow his lifelong interests in music and cricket.Ray
was a quiet man with an engaging sense of humour who was held in high
regard by all who worked with him and came to know him. He will be much