The Bill Naughton archive is available to view by appointment at the Archive Centre in Bolton Museum. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Contact the centre on 01204 332185. Click here to go to the Archive website.
Bill was an author whose family emigrated from Ireland in the early years of the 20th century and who lived most of his childhood, adolescence and early manhood in Bolton, the archive is of immense local and national significance as a record of the complex heritage of northern working class culture - particularly as it relates to family, religion and community.
But the archive is also valuable in what it adds to an understanding of national life as a whole, for example, to changes in ideas of personal morality, the relationship between north and south, the professional, intellectual and spiritual life of the author during the period and the impact on radio and film on literature and literary life.