September edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
Perton Creative Conversations


Welcome to the September edition of the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage newsletter.

As always there is plenty going on from new accessions arriving in Stafford to creative conversations in Perton.  


Plan of Penkhull D7748-3-3

Plan of Penkhull D7748-3-3

Recent accession at Staffordshire Record Office
This attractive plan of Penkhull is part of a new accession from St Thomas’ Church. It is dated 1843 and relates to the formation of the new ecclesiastical district for “the Visitation of the Sick, Churchings and Baptisms”. The map is aligned with north to the bottom-right. Much of the land was agricultural at this date, later shown as nurseries. The large house with the bay window is The Mount, and with substantial grounds. Later the pools were filled in and built over, and the house became a school for blind and deaf children. The Penkhull Cottage Homes were built in the early 20th century by Penkhull Hollow, the road on the top right corner. The long thin building below Honeywall was the White Lion Inn.
In the same collection (D7748) there are baptism registers which include entries for children in the Cottage Homes. These took place when the children were aged 12-14. There are also baptisms of children born in the workhouse, the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and the City General Hospital.

Jake Whitehouse Project

Project Volunteers Nominated for Regional Award

The Jake Whitehouse Project volunteers have been nominated in the Project Category for the West Midlands Museum Development Volunteers Awards 2019. The project was included in the list of finalists and Marion Kettle from the Landor Society and Bob Metcalfe, a regular volunteer with the Museum Team, attended the ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome earlier this month.

The project volunteers were drawn from Berkswich Local History Society, Friends of Cannock Chase, the Landor Society of Rugeley and Staffordshire County Museum Service. They researched caption information, dates and locations for all 1,695 images and entered them into the website database between June and November 2018; a phenomenal amount of work in such a short period of time. To complete the project, the project volunteers also undertook to lead a guided walk of World War 1 remains on Cannock Chase for 90 Etching Hill Primary School pupils; and they also ran celebration events hosted at Walton Village Hall and the Museum of Cannock Chase. In total, the 24 volunteers involved in the project contributed 763 hours of their time to make it the success it has turned out to be. The Jake Whitehouse Collection is now available at

Sadly the project didn't win but the event was a great way to recognise the work of all the volunteers who have worked so hard to digitise this wonderful collection of images collected by Jake Whitehouse. Staff across the Archives and Heritage Service really appreciate the dedication and hard work of all the volunteers who give up their time to support us in so many different ways. 

On Your Doorstep at Perton Library

Image courtesy of Mr G. Khosa

On Your Doorstep in Perton 
Join us at Perton Library for our Digital Drop In Day on Saturday 5 October between 10am and 4pm. Members of the Staffordshire County Museum team will be on hand to scan your photographs of Perton and local area on to the Staffordshire Pasttrack website.
Perton Library is also hosting a session with poet Mal Dewhirst. Join us to share the stories and history of Perton though looking at documents and objects from the County's archive and museum collections. This 'Creative Conversation' will take place on Tuesday 8 October (10-12am).

Brindley Village Talk

Brindley Village – A Legacy of the Great War
A talk by Philip Grainger and Linda Barratt on Monday 4 November, 7pm
Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford

The story of Brindley Village is part of the heritage of Cannock Chase. It was, and always will be, a unique, complete and isolated community, remembered with much affection by the people who lived there. To them it will always be known as ‘The Village’. This story is of a population which showed resilience through the general strike and pit stoppages, the Second World War, food shortages, bone-chilling winters, epidemics, pit tragedies and lives lost. The story began with the construction of a military hospital on Cannock Chase. The talk will cover the history of the hospital from inception in 1915 through the change from a military to civilian use where it became a specialist centre for the treatment of mental health, its closure and subsequent use as a mining village and the creation of a community. 

Tickets for Members at £4.00 for non-Members at £5.00. Send cheques payable to FoSSA to Malcolm Price, 23 The Flashes, Gnosall, Stafford. ST20 0HL together with your name, address, telephone/email. If you require a written receipt please include a sae or we will confirm by email.

Chebsey Parish Local History Society - ‘WW1 and Beyond’ Events Programme 2019

Chebsey Parish Local History Society have a full programme of events scheduled through out October and early November focusing on the First World War as part of their Heritage Lottery funded WW1 and Beyond project.
For a full list of events which include talks on life on the Home Front, fashion and rationing during the war years and a screening of 'Hacksaw Ridge'. For full details email

Working in the Collection Store

Mel Williamson working with placement student Faith

Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Supporting Future Careers

One of the roles of the Museum Team is to support individuals who are looking at a career in the sector. Faith approached us earlier this year looking for work experience with museum documentation, cataloguing and information systems. She has volunteered with us on Monday afternoons helping Collections Officer Melanie Williamson with the enormous task of re-inventorying the collections and updating location records after the collections were moved to their new home in December 2018. Faith has done an amazing job in helping the process along - logging new locations and inputting them onto the computer database. Faith starts her MA in Information Management at Glasgow University at the end of September. 

Staffordshire Record Office – Opening Hours

The new opening hours at the Staffordshire Record Office have now taken effect. 
• Tuesday: 10.00 – 4.00 
• Wednesday: 10.00 – 4.00 
• Thursday: 10.00 – 4.00
• Friday: 10.00 – 4.00 
• Saturday: 9.00 – 1.00 (third Saturday in the month)

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