Flooding, Helen, Volunteer Project

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: 17th and early 18th century mill accounts

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

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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

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

About Us, Alice, Drought, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

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… Continue reading LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Alice

Animal Names

A list of names for animals we have come across during our research!: Dogs: Daphne (puppy given to Edward Sulyard in 1752) Pickle (belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Hervey in 1804) Ponto (belonged to N. Wilcox in 1752) Spancher (puppy given to Edward Sulyard in 1752) Sylphin (belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Hervey in 1795) Tyger (belonged… Continue reading Animal Names

About Us, Drought

Profile: Alice (Drought)

I’m Alice Harvey-Fishenden and I’m investigating historic drought in Staffordshire. I am a PhD student in Geography at the University of Liverpool, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of a project between the University of Liverpool and the Staffordshire Record Office, along with Helen Houghton who is studying historic flooding in… Continue reading Profile: Alice (Drought)