Alice, Drought

Alice’s visit to ICE and the National Archives

20th - 23rd June 2017 Alice was away, on a research trip to the National Archives and Institution of Civil Engineers Archives in London. Trust me to chose the hottest week of the year so far to spend in London! Fortunately, the National Archives have fantastic climate control, and were lovely and cool (I would… Continue reading Alice’s visit to ICE and the National Archives

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Helen, How things work, Volunteer Project

How a Barometer Works

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

Alice, Drought

Historic Drought Conference, Strasbourg

As some of you might be aware, Alice was away last week attending a conference in Strasbourg. Here are some reflections on the trip. Last week I went on a road trip in France with my father, traveling to Strasbourg in order to attend a conference on Historic Drought in Europe. We drove from my… Continue reading Historic Drought Conference, Strasbourg

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

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

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