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RIP Former Travel Library partner Val Crisp

Phil & Val on their wedding day in 2014

Sad news reached PAN last week of the passing of Val Crisp who, with her partner and husband Phil Enticknap, ran The Travel Library.
Val died on 14th June aged 77.

Phil sent us the cracking photo of them both above and this memory of Val:

Former owner and founder of The Travel Library Philip Enticknap has announced that his long term partner and wife Val Crisp passed away peacefully on the 14th of June just two days after her 77th birthday .She had fought a courageous battle over the past 10 years with ovarian cancer having being diagnosed in 2009.

Phil & Val as they were known in the stock photo industry set up The Travel Library in 1992 from offices in Hampshire their core business was supplying rights managed images to the travel industry for travel brochures, main clients included the likes of Saga Holidays, British Airways Holidays and P & O cruises. Val was key to the agencies success looking after the vast amount of admin work involved which back then was traditional analogue keeping track of the vast amounts of transparencies in circulation and rights management.

In 2011 the business was taken over by Charles Taylor’s Photoshot agency, now Avalon Red and The Travel Library is still very much an integral part of Avalon’s travel collection. The acquisition gave Phil & Val more time to enjoy life and retirement which they lived to the full as much as possible between Val’s treatments.   

Val was well liked in the industry and by clients for her friendly kind nature she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. If you knew Val and would like to attend her funeral which is this coming Monday 15th July then do please email Philip Enticknap for details at 

A donation page has been set up in Val’s name in support of Ovarian Cancer Action at the funeral directors website Just type Val Crisp into the search box and follow the instructions.

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