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Doug Scott, John Innerdale, Maxine Willett, Sir Chris Bonington and Jeff Ford
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‘Maxine spent two years cataloguing and preserving my personal papers which extended over some seventy years and contained a variety of material relating to my climbing and mountaineering exploits.  I found her professionally competent and trusted her implicitly to handle my papers with care, sensitivity and in a confidential manner. It also meant that when it came to accessing information for my writing projects, I was able to easily lay my hands on the relevant item.’

Sir Chris Bonington, Mountaineer, Writer and Photographer


‘Maxine has always proved highly skilled, dependable, energetic, tactful, discreet and professionally rigorous, not to mention excellent company! Her results have been excellent, frequently exceeding our expectations.’

John Innerdale, MBE, JP, MA, Dip Arch, FRIBA



‘I worked with Maxine for nearly a decade and in all that time I was impressed by her professionalism, her intimate knowledge of archival techniques, her innate understanding of the objects and documents in her care and her capacity to stretch herself intellectually. She is a joy to work with.’

Julie Summers, Author, Broadcaster and Historian


‘Maxine demonstrated excellent skills in undertaking complex and challenging investigations using primary sources.  She was thorough and systematic in her approach and it was clear that her archival training, with its emphasis on logic and order, stood her in very good stead when it came to arranging the material and presenting her conclusions’.

Dr Alan Crosby, MA DPhil FRHistS Historian


‘The success of the Attics and Acres project is a credit to you. All aspects of the project were well run and you have inspired much interest and engagement with the archive from which the office will continue to benefit.’

Margaret Boustead, Head of Archives and Records Management, NYCRO


‘Thank you for your magnificent work on the Norton Conyers archives. You are so well organised, so imaginative, so good with people and have managed to complete a difficult task most efficiently.’

Sir James and Halina Graham, Norton Conyers


‘I asked Maxine to produce a catalogue of a collection of 18th & 19th century papers, relating to the business activities in and around Northallerton of my Squire relatives.  She tackled this with energy and enthusiasm and produced exactly the kind of catalogue I was looking for.’

David Hutton-Squire, Holtby Hall