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
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?
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
One of our volunteers, Nicky, mentioned a quote from the Elizabeth Hervey diaries which talks about “the bar lower than ever I saw it before” on November 9th 1800 (D6584/C/95/99) just before a hurricane. We presumed this mentioned a bar on a barometer, leading to a discussion of how barometers actually work. Barometers measure atmospheric… Continue reading How a Barometer Works
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
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
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