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?

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Drought, Flooding, Project Updates

August Project Update

We thought it would be a good time for another quick¬†update on what we have been up to, and what we have planned in the next few months. Happily, our annual progression reviews at the university (which we mentioned in our last project update in May) went well, and we have the go ahead to… Continue reading August Project Update

Helen, How things work, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

How things work (or not): measuring volumes of grain

One of the sources I've been interested in is the accounts of Burton mills, which a work experience placement was kind enough to begin working on for me last week. They cover about five years early in the 1700s and include week-by-week grain sales, wages, and expenses (particularly for horses). So far there has been… Continue reading How things work (or not): measuring volumes of grain

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates

Helen’s visit to The National Archives, and 17th century problems with Hopwas Bridge

I went to The National Archives a few weeks ago, between the 13th and 16th of June. The purpose of my visit was to view assize records that might relate to issues with flooding and waterways in Staffordshire. Ironically it was an extremely hot, dry week, and a friend I met for dinner expressed bafflement… Continue reading Helen’s visit to The National Archives, and 17th century problems with Hopwas Bridge

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

Mills project update: Leases from Rugeley

One of our volunteers, Richard, has been kindly looking through some leases for mills and the land surrounding them, and has just finished with a series of leases from Rugeley. The series (D603/E/3/1 to D603/E/3/319) consisted of leases for land in Cannock and Rugeley from the records of the Paget family, and from the series… Continue reading Mills project update: Leases from Rugeley

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