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Explore Archives Week: The Rate Books

Bury Archives have signed up to an exciting campaign which will take place over the next seven days (18th – 26th November). Led by The National Archives, ‘Explore your Archive’ aims to create awareness of the essential role archives play … Continue reading

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Oral History: David Swithenbank

Listening to memories is something we’re very good at doing here in the search room. We hear so many of them during the course of our working day – from all you genealogists, local historians, volunteers, artists and general enquirers! … Continue reading

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Photograph of the Month: The Derby Hall

Last week we were approached by Nick Smale, Marketing Manager for The Met in Bury, who wondered whether we had any historic images of The Met building under its former name, The Derby Hall. Nick informed us that The Met … Continue reading

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Manchester Voices comes to Radcliffe

On a sunny Saturday morning at the end of August, I travelled to Radcliffe Library to record the visit of the Manchester Voices project, this being the ‘umbrella’ term for a series of research projects investigating and celebrating the accents … 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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Displaying ‘Christmas Past’

To celebrate Christmas in the archives this year we have created two festive displays using a selection of documents chosen from four separate collections. We decided on two seasonal themes: Christmas Cards & Greetings and Christmas Entertainment. In our first … Continue reading

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An early Christmas present for the Centre for Cultural Collections.

  What began as a routine family history enquiry to the Centre for Cultural Collections (CfCC) resulted in our donation of the month! Sheena Jarvis is a customer of ours who is resident in the USA. After working with our wonderful … Continue reading

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Family Ties

One of the collections held by the Borough Archive is a Miscellaneous Local Photographs Collection (MLP). This is where we catalogue photographs that are important to the history of the borough but do not have links to any of the other … Continue reading

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A personal Reflection on becoming a Volunteer.

We have great pleasure in welcoming Penny Blackburn as a volunteer for our Archive Service! Penny’s enthusiasm for our records and local and family history is infectious and we are really pleased that she has joined our happy band of … Continue reading

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Donation of the Month

Toward the end of last year we received an email from a Mr Peter Sleigh enquiring whether we would accept, as a donation, his Uncle’s archive. Peter’s Uncle, William Ward Sleigh (1894 – 1917) was born and raised in Bury … Continue reading

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