February edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
Paper lanterns from the County Museum collection

Paper lanterns - Museum Collection


Welcome to the latest edition of the  Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service e-newsletter. We have been out and about celebrating Chinese New Year at Baswich Community Hall and supporting local museums with advice on cataloguing their archive collections. We also have a delicious menu of events coming up in the near future from film to conferences and commemoration. 


February Film Nights at the Staffordshire Record Office

Unseen Cinema and the Staffordshire Record Office Present . . . 

Join us for the screening of two films at the Staffordshire Record Office on Thursday 15 March. Between 6pm and 7pm we are showing Criminal Quilts. Find out about the work of Artist in Residence, Ruth Singer, who has been developing new work around the inspiring stories and images of women in the criminal justice system in the 19th century. Ruth’s textile pieces, sketchbooks and new work in progress will be on display, along with research and original documents from the Archives relating to women in Stafford gaol. Admission free.

At 7.30pm we are screening Fury (12) Fritz Lang’s first ever American film. When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder. Tickets £6. Visit the Unseen Cinema website to book.

Save the Date for Staffordshire History Day - 28th April 2018

This collaboration between Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service, Keele University and the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham will take place on 28 April from 10am to 5pm at Entrust HQ, Riverway Centre, Stafford. The programme has yet to be confirmed. The day will include refreshements and a light lunch. Tickets £25. 
Find out more

Nicolson Unveiling

Staffordshire Great War Conference 2018 - Commemoration

Join us on 10 March from 10am at County Buildings, Stafford. This conference will consider the differences between memory and remembrance, and look at what the legacy of the Great War commemorations will be. To book this free event contact Susan Dalloe

Anita Caithness at the Peel Museum, Middleton Hall

Peeling back the Family Archives

Staff from the Archive team were recently asked to advise the Peel Society on cataloguing archive material held at their museum at Middleton Hall. Following an initial visit it was agreed that the Service would assist society volunteers in “box-listing” uncatalogued documents.

To initiate the process, two members of staff from Lichfield Record Office spent a day listing this material. Key information, such as document title, a brief description of content, covering dates, provenance, format and date of accession, was recorded, and an identifying number allocated to each item, or group of documents. This created a summary of materials to be catalogued later.

Archive staff will spend a further day at Middleton Hall in the near future, continuing this work. They will also train society volunteers, so that they can complete box-listing of outstanding documents. This preparatory work will enable the Peel Society to organise their Peel family archives, before beginning detailed cataloguing. If you are interested in visiting the Peel Museum you can find out more at the Middleton Hall website

Badge making for Chinese New Year

Seeing in the New Year - Chinese Style 

Staff from the Museum team joined thousands of others around the UK to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog. On Sunday 18 February we were invited to a children's New Year party at Baswich. 

The children took part in traditional activities including lantern making, writing Chinese characters and making dumplings. The Museum team took the ever popular badge making machine along to add to the creative fun. 

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