Tag Archives: Bury Archives

Lost Treasure: Missing WW1 Medal has found its soldier’s Archive

Last November we marked the Armistice Centenary of WW1; it was an intense and emotional time for everyone who helped the borough remember local military personnel who had lost their lives during the conflict. For us it really felt like … Continue reading

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Your House Through Time: A guide for tracing your house history

The return of the BBC’s hugely popular series, A House through Time, has generated lots of enquiries from the local community asking how they go about tracing the history of their house. As a result we thought we’d put together … Continue reading

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Bury Art Gallery and Public Library: laying of the foundation stone April 1899

April 29th 2019 is the 120th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for Bury Art Gallery and Public Library; using items from our archive we want to explore the origins of this beautiful building – why it was … Continue reading

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Donation of the Month: Keep Moving! Arthur Murray Removals

We always get excited when we receive donations! And photographs, especially, almost make us jump up and down with delight. All those moments caught on camera! When you donate your images to archive services what you are doing is preserving … Continue reading

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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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A letter for Ada

Our Heritage Lottery funded project, ‘Bury Remembers the First World War’ has enabled our volunteers to extract newspaper obituaries and images of upward of 3,000 local military personnel who died during the conflict. The published obituaries contain details of next … Continue reading

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Sir James Hacking: Mayor of Bury 1913 – 1919

James Hacking was born at Oswaldtwistle in 1861; the family later moved to Knuzden Brook near Blackburn where James, between the ages of seven and thirteen, worked in the warehouse of a nearby mill. His early introduction to the textile … Continue reading

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Archive Service Accreditation

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been a little quiet here in blog-land! Mainly because we have been busy reorganising our search room into a more streamlined space both for ourselves and our visitors. We now have all the Parish Transcripts … Continue reading

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