Would you like to learn more about how people experienced and understood weather in the past? Are you interested in the 18th Century more generally? Are you interested in learning about how people in the past managed their water supply and improved their land? We have a range of diaries and bundles of letters which we need some help to go through and extract relevant information.

These letters and diaries were written by a range of different people from different walks of life, including an estate manager (from Tretham), a female author and a soldier as well as various lords and ladies.

We will be extracting references to weather, water management and historic events. The results will feed into improvement of the Staffordshire Record Office’s catalogues and will be used in our PhDs.

No prior experience necessary. 18th Century handwriting is relatively easy to read and we will always be around to help out with tricky bits! We have a range of archive material which needs looking at and will be able to find something to suit everyone.

We meet at the Staffordshire Record Office on Thursday mornings, from 10am to 12pm.

For more information, or if you would like to come along and give it a go, you can contact us using the form below.

Looking forward to meeting you!