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A Victorian Wedding Dress Revisited

In March 1844 Sarah Fletcher and James W. Kenyon were married in Bury Parish Church.  120 years later, in 1964, Sarah’s wedding dress and James’s waistcoat were donated to the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection at Gawthorpe Hall, near Burnley. Over the … Continue reading

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Captain Charles Sydney Parsons 1891 – 1957

Ahead of the WW1 centenary over four years ago, we put a call out for donations of WW1 documents and photographs. What we aimed to do was gather together as many records as we could to preserve in our archive … Continue reading

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East Lancashire Railway Armistice Exhibition

We could never have imagined, when we began our WW1 project four years’ ago, just how far and deep the sentiment (Bury remembering the First World War) would spread into our community. The extracted newspaper images, obituaries and articles have … Continue reading

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Ancestral Photo Shoot: WW1 Soldier with descendants

We talked about Private Albert Carter from Bury (who lost his life during a raid on enemy trenches in July 1916) in a previous posting. Now we want to share some of the images of Albert and his descendants taken … Continue reading

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A Brother’s Love of Horses

The Hutchinsons were a well-established and wealthy family of Bury. In the eighteenth century they had been wool merchants but the documents in our collection belonged to the branch of the family who built Daisyfield Mill, a cotton-spinning mill at … Continue reading

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The Illuminated Archives

Although Friday 16th October 2015 was the fifth annual Light Night in Bury it marked the first time we, the archive service, have opened our doors to the crowds of people who flock to the town centre to be dazzled by … Continue reading

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Meeting the Volunteers

We always look forward to working with our volunteers – they make our roles, as archives assistants, both rewarding and fun! Some of our volunteers have been with the Archives for quite a long time – longer than Nic and I – and … Continue reading

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Finding a home.

Part of the work of an Archive team is to ensure that documents find their way into the most appropriate collection. On occasion this means that deposits are relocated from one Archive to another. Ensuring that documents find the most … Continue reading

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How clean is your archive?

We certainly found out the answer to this question when we rolled up our sleeves, picked up our dusters, strapped on the super-vac and made our way around the aisles of the store-room, sucking up dust and dirt from every … Continue reading

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Working with Donations

Before I started working in The Centre for Cultural Collections my idea of an archive service was an idyllic one. It went something like this: row upon row of neatly-shelved boxes containing perfect examples of medieval manuscripts; an archivist whose … Continue reading

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