Volunteer Project

In the footsteps of Elizabeth Hervey

Joyce, one of our volunteers exploring weather in diaries, writes about her recent trip to Devon, where she visited some of the sites described by Elizabeth Hervey in the diaries she has been working on (for more information on Elizabeth Hervey, see Alice's earlier post) As one of the volunteers for the historic flood and drought project, I… Continue reading In the footsteps of Elizabeth Hervey

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Flooding, Helen, Project Updates

Flooding project update: routine water management and mills

Rugeley Parish Officers accounts for the 1708 flood, SRO D3243/4/1 The more I've developed where I want this project to go, the more I've been thinking about ordinary routines. There are catastrophic examples of major floods from the period I'm studying (roughly 1550-1750) such as the Bristol Channel flooding in 1607, and I've found a… Continue reading Flooding project update: routine water management and mills

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

Looking for volunteers: Mills c.1550-1750 project

As major users of water systems, mills seemed like an obvious place to look for evidence of water management and its problems. This project covers mills just before the industrial revolution, and is looking at their day to day running. I've got two main strands of the project I'd like to explore: - Leases: there… Continue reading Looking for volunteers: Mills c.1550-1750 project

Project Updates

May Project Update

May is a busy month for us, with annual progress review conferences and interviews in Liverpool, our volunteer project and various other talks (including the Staffordshire History Day). Our volunteer project is now up and running. We currently have 2 volunteers working on eighteenth century diaries, 2 working on eighteenth and early nineteenth century letters… Continue reading May Project Update