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VE Day 1945: a town’s celebration

Using three editions of The Bury Times newspaper published just after VE day in 1945 we discover how the town celebrated this momentous occasion in history. Be inspired by archives. Out of the darkness… …there was light. Both literal and … Continue reading

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The Spirit of a Town: Graham Cooper & Douglas Sargent Photographic Archive

Back in 2016, Graham Cooper donated a slide collection which consists of over 300 images taken during the late 1970s and early 1980s of Bury, as Graham describes, ‘at the threshold of change’. In his publication, Sense of Place: Outside … Continue reading

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Photo Donation of the Month: Birth and Death of a Mill Chimney

A couple of months’ ago we were asked to carry out some research into the history of Bury Boot & Shoe (formerly Woodhill Mills) off Brandlesholme Rd. The request came from an interior designer who was carrying out renovation work … Continue reading

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Stand United Reformed Church: An Expanding Archive

As each year passes we welcome in more and more church records; some wait to be catalogued into new and exciting collections where others join existing ones – helping to create a comprehensive archival record of a church’s history. Stand … Continue reading

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Photo Donation of the month: A Winter’s Tale

In January 1963, the local press was full of reports of the ‘arctic spell’, where on Boxing Day 1962, snow descended upon Bury and its surrounding towns. There were messages from the police who patrolled danger spots such as rivers, … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Radcliffe War Memorial

Most of us will pass a war memorial every day, as we drive or walk to work; as we take a leisurely stroll on a sunny Sunday morning – they are part of our community and our heritage; they are … Continue reading

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Photo Donation of the Month: Leslie Priestley’s view of Bury

Just look at how much fun you can have in your workplace before the Health and Safety at Work Act came into force in 1974! This fabulous photo donation came into us recently and we felt we just had to … Continue reading

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Bernard Fielding Archive: a work in progress

We’re well under way with our scanning and cataloguing of the Bernard Fielding Image collection. We’ve had grateful help with this project from many volunteers in recent years, but for the past 12 months or so, Daniel (who is on … Continue reading

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The Holiday “Spirit”

With all this rain drenching our holidays we thought we’d give August’s Photo Donation of the Month a special holiday flavour! There’s sun hats and picnics, a pebble beach and somewhere off in the distance, the sitters’ eyes take us … Continue reading

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Joseph Buckley & Sons of Radcliffe: Herbal Brewery

Tom Keighley is a collector of old bottles, glassware and demijohns from the local area. His latest find is a large stoneware flagon bearing the name Joseph Buckley of Radcliffe and dated 1936. Most of the pots he collects belonged … Continue reading

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