Welcome to the June edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

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In this, the latest e-newsletter from the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service. The Annual Report is now available online revealing some of the varied work carried out by the service over the last year. There is also news about our Place Name Study Day, the launch of the new touring Puppet exhibition, the latest acquisitions at the William Salt Library and two projects at Stoke Archives; Doulton and a new digital oral history resource, Revealing Voices.

Our aim is to keep you updated with the latest developments and events. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter please use the 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of this page.

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Annual Report

The Annual Report for the Archive & Heritage Service is now available to read online after it was approved by the Joint Archives Committee on 15 June. 2016-2017 was a really exciting year for the service with the thrilling news of a stage 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Staffordshire History Centre project. 

Learn more about the work of the whole team, our volunteers, and the other projects we have delivered this year.  Get an insight into the collections we have received during the year ranging from the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers archive to the collection about the Silverdale Community Play and Quilt by reading our report here


Place Name Map Images

Place Name Study Day 
Saturday 15 July 10.30 to 4pm 

What do Squitchy Piece, Lion's Paw and a Roll of Tobacco all have in common? Join us to find out the latest developments from the Staffordshire Place Name Project. You will hear from volunteers involved in the project together with speakers from the Institute of Name Studies. Expect place name puzzles, discussions on dialect, recent research and plenty of information on how to get involved. To book telephone 01785 278380 or visit the website 

Puppet Countdown!

It is only three weeks until our new exhibition, Puppets on Parade, opens at The Brampton Museum in Newcastle-under-Lyme and we are getting very excited. 

The exhibition designs from Vertigo look fantastic and the puppets are getting ready for their grand tour. The exhibition is at The Brampton from 22nd July-1st September and will move to the Ancient High House, Stafford on 12th September. The exhibition will then tour to museums across Staffordshire and pop up elements will appear in libraries and community centres.

For more information on the exhibition contact Natalie Heidaripour, Museum Resilience Project Officer.

Illustration of dragon and panels from exhibition

Selection of new titles at William Salt Library

New Additions at the William Salt Library 

Recently the last of the annual book order arrived at the Library.  This year’s purchases include a number of books relating to the First World War (see picture), biographies of famous and not so famous Staffordshire people including Ralph de Tunstall Sneyd, William Perry, William Bernard Ullathorne, Claudia Hyde, Dave Heeley, Steve Bull, Jeff Astle, Denise Lewis, Matthew Boulton, Walter Savage Landor.  In addition other Staffordshire related subjects covered include railways, canals, military history, pottery, football, rugby, the Shirley Family, murders, the Staffordshire Hoard, folklore along with the rather intriguingly titled book ‘How to Survive in Staffordshire’. For more information contact Dominic Farr

Doulton Archive documents at Stoke City Archives

Beginning to Describe Doulton

Thanks to funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, the Doulton Described Cataloguing Project is now underway at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. Archivist Louise Ferriday is currently busy sorting and organising the records of the famous pottery manufacturer Royal Doulton ready for cataloguing. Making this archive accessible is an enormous and challenging job and will take in excess of a year to complete, so we shall have to ask for your patience! The collection charts the manufacturer’s development from its Lambeth roots, followed by its establishment in the Potteries in 1877 in Nile Street, Burslem, right through to the closure of the Burslem factory in 2005. We will keep you updated about what we discover along the way. For more information contact Stoke City Archives

Illustration of a Victorian man and woman chatting

Revealing Voices

“The first words of the first recording I listened to were spoken by an elderly lady, interviewed about 40 years ago. I was born in eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, she said, and I nearly fell off my seat ... by the time I’d heard her memories of going into service as a girl and the village bonfire celebrations for Queen Victoria’s jubilee, I was hooked.” Jane, volunteer.

A growing team of volunteers are having the opportunity to be the first to listen to a fascinating collection of archive recordings made by Potteries born Arthur Wood and unheard for 30-40 years. Arthur Wood had an energetic and visionary approach to the potential for local radio for local audiences. With Radio Stoke’s permission, after his retirement he kept and carefully preserved hundreds of hours of reel-to-reel tapes of local interest programmes. 

“Revealing Voices” is digitising and cataloguing several hundred of the recordings to preserve them and create an “Arthur Wood Collection” that people will be able to explore through Stoke-on-Trent City Archives and the Staffordshire Pasttrack website.  

“Revealing Voices” is supported Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by Potteries Heritage Society. 

If you would like to volunteer email isla@revealing-voices.org.uk or telephone 07743548313. You can also follow the project @PotteriesHSoc or visit the website

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