January edition of the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Update

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

This months edition features news about the HAP in Lichfield, our touring exhibition 'On Your Doorstep' and some exciting new accessions. We are also researching and developing a new exhibition on the theme of death and dying which will open at the Staffordshire Record Office in March.

The Reading Room has a display of some of the fascinating documents and objects donated to us in 2019. If you are in Stafford please drop in and have a browse.



Dance Macabre

Danse Macabre by Michael Wolgemut

Pushing up Daisies Exhibition Blog

Staff and volunteers have been researching the stories behind some of the documents and objects which we hope to include in our new exhibition exploring the theme of death and dying in Staffordshire. 'Pushing up Daisies' opens at the Staffordshire Record Office on Saturday 7 March. Read the blog here

Coach Builders Trade Catalogue

On Your Doorstep in Uttoxeter 
Our touring exhibition 'On Your Doorstep' is currently visiting Uttoxeter Library. The display features items from Richardson & Son of Park Street, the Wharf, Uttoxeter. The business was started by wheelwright George Richardson. Originally based in Bradley Street George opened the coachbuilding premises at Park Street in the 1840s. The company built a variety of horse drawn vehicles. From about 1907 the business began to repair motor vehicles and sell bicycles. By the 1950s it was doing very little wheelwrighting or coachbuilding and the business was sold in 1962. 

If you have any photographs of Uttoxeter and the surrounding area which you would like to share with the Archives and Heritage Service we will be in the library on Tuesday 4 February between 11am and 4pm. We can scan any items you bring and add them to the Staffordshire Pasttrack website. 

The exhibition continues until Saturday 15 February before moving to Newcastle-under-Lyme Library. 

7778 Loxley

7778 Loxley

New accessions purchased by our Friends
We were very pleased that the Friends of the Archive Service were recently able to make some purchases for us. The first of these is one of the missing journals of the 1st Lord Hatherton from 1851, some extracts, and a journal of a tour of Rome by the 3rd Lord Hatherton and his wife in 1871. The second is a rental of the estate of Thomas Kynnersley of Loxley from 1700 to 1844 (see image), giving tenants’ names, and descriptions of lands in Loxley, Uttoxeter and Bramshall. The third is a log book for Halmerend National School 1878-1891, a school for which we had no log books before now. The fourth is an artificial collection relating mainly to the Newcastle-under-Lyme area and contains a variety of interesting items. Over half are title deeds, the oldest from 1593. Other items include some legal cases concerning the removal of paupers, and a lengthy narrative about an eighteenth century pub-crawl leading to a charge against the man who was trying to get a drunken friend home (friend no longer). There are also some sale catalogues, posters and other notices. If you are interested in joining our Friends (FoSSA) please contact the Treasurer malcolm.price@virgin.net

Example of a previous exhibition at the History Access Point

An example of a previous exhibition at the History Access Point

History Access Point, St Mary’s, Lichfield - Consultation
The History Access Point (HAP) has been operational for just over a year now, during which time it has offered a wide range of resources where, amongst other things, visitors can have access to public computers where they can explore their family history via Ancestry and Find my Past free of charge; browse the Lichfield Mercury on microfiche right back to the 1800s; have access to a wide range of books where they can research the history of Lichfield, Staffordshire and the surrounding area.

The Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service are now looking to evaluate the contents of the HAP and are seeking the views of members of the public on what they would like to see take place at the HAP.

One of the options is to develop a greater display area in the HAP particularly with regard to telling the story of the history of Lichfield. Members of the public visiting St Mary’s will be asked for their views and also have the option to complete a short questionnaire. The consultation will take place from 27th January until the end of February.

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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