Alice, Drought

‘Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone’

The last volunteer session of 2017 was today, so I thought I'd share a 'festive' post. Fed up of the Christmas music already? Here are some drought related songs to 'delight' your relatives with over the festive period instead, and a weather related mishap to serve as a warning to you all in this icy weather...

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Helen

Digging Up C17th Legislation on Dogs

Out of curiosity, Helen decided to investigate the law about dog ownership circa 1700. The Quarter Sessions at Staffordshire Record Office could easily take a huge amount of time to study looking for anything relevant to flooding, but I knew they were likely to be quite a rich source. I decided to create myself a… Continue reading Digging Up C17th Legislation on Dogs

Flooding, Helen, Volunteer Project

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: 17th and early 18th century mill accounts

We are looking for one or two volunteers to examine two sets of eighteenth century mill accounts from Burton-on-Trent and Stafford to reconstruct expenses and grain prices over short (roughly five to ten year) periods. This will help the historic flooding and drought project, raise the profile of the accounts in the Record Office’s collection,… Continue reading LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: 17th and early 18th century mill accounts

Flooding, Helen

19th century flood gates in Trentham

I've attempted to enhance all the images used so that details are clearer (with mixed success), so colour saturation and contrast are not exactly as in the original documents. I've been on a couple of holidays on canals in narrow boats so am very familiar with operating lock gates - opening and closing the gates, and… Continue reading 19th century flood gates in Trentham

Drought, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

What have our volunteers been up to?

An update from Alice on what the volunteers looking at weather in diaries and letters have been looking at and what they are finding. Elizabeth Hervey Diaries We have already done a couple of blogs on the Elizabeth Hervey diaries (see here and here), and they are turning out to be a fantastic source of weather… Continue reading What have our volunteers been up to?