November edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
Burton Coop

Burton Co-operative tin, 1913


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

As always we have had a busy month with lots of work and activities going on from Bawdy Courts to Burton Albion. Read on to find out more. 


Bawdy Courts Volunteers

Bawdy Court Volunteers at the Lichfield HAP

Lichfield Bawdy Courts Project Blog

The Bawdy Courts Project Blog has been running successfully now for several months. Volunteer groups at the History Access Point at St Mary’s Church, Lichfield are currently transcribing papers from the court cases and producing blog posts about interesting stories that they come across. So far 4 of their stories have been published on the blog and we have plenty more in the pipeline. Cases covered so far include wife-selling, clergy discipline and immorality. They provide a fascinating insight into everyday community life, activities and relationships.

We now have a new volunteer group on Tuesday mornings at the Staffordshire Record Office writing descriptions of faculties for the catalogue. These are plans and documents submitted to the court by churches wanting to make changes to church buildings.

A new group of student volunteers are beginning at Keele University. They will be preparing sections of the collection for cataloguing and researching items for blog. They will also be looking at statistics about the types of case, place origins and gender of litigants and so on from the 16th century court and also researching the language of slander. The link for the blog is:

If anyone is interested in taking part in the volunteer group at Stafford, please contact Rebecca Jackson at

Christmas Food

Time to start buying food for Christmas?

These two helpful guides to food shopping are the front pages of a small account book from Marson & Co High Class Grocers and Italian Warehousemen, then located in the Ancient High House in Stafford. The book is for an account of a Miss Johnson of Rickerscote, dated 1914 (D7708). It has come to Staffordshire Record Office recently as part of a solicitor’s collection, from the firm of Hand Morgan & Owen of Stafford. This is an unusual type of document for such a collection. Does it make you feel hungry?

Burton Library Digital Drop-In event

Digital Drop-in event at Burton Library

Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Digital Drop In Sessions

The museum team have been out and about talking to people in Burton-upon-Trent this month and adding resources to the Staffordshire Pasttrack website. We packed up our scanner and laptop and visited Burton Library where we spoke to a number of people about some of the objects they have in their own collections at home. We were able to capture and record their stories with the help of poet Mal Dewhirst and then scan the items and upload them to Pasttrack. We had some fantastic objects including a Burton Albion Programme from 1956 and a selection of school athletics badges. We are planning another event at Uttoxeter Library in January - we will keep you posted!

Burton Albion Official Programme 1956

Teapot 1950

Teapot 1950 (2009.007.0001)

Fancy a Brew? 

The pop-up exhibition 'On Your Doorstep' is visiting Stafford Library throughout December using objects from the museum's collection to explore the theme of tea. All the objects have a Stafford connection. This teapot which dates from 1950 belonged to Sister Henrietta Neilson Macdonald Dixon who worked at Staffordshire General Infirmary on Foregate Street. It was given to her as a Christmas present as a sign of appreciation for her work that year. Married women were given a teapot. Unmarried women and live-in nurses at the hospital were given a cup and saucer. The pop-up exhibition runs until 6 January. 

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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