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April 2022

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Cheshire’s archives: a story shared

In the summer we will be running some events in Crewe, including a drop-in session where you can get support researching your family and house histories, a cook-off with a heritage twist, and some crafty activities for the family. At all these events we will have information with us about the proposed history centre in Crewe which would be built as a result of this project to relocate and expand the service. We’d love to hear from you about what you think of our plans!

We will be organising similar events for Chester and bringing along some more details about our project and what the new history centre in Chester might look like. Keep an eye out for more information on our website and social media in the coming weeks. 

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Saturday opening returns!

In May we will be restarting our Saturday openings. At present we are looking to see if there is any demand for this and will be trialling opening every two months throughout 2022. We will be open on 21 May, 16 July, 17 September and 19 November from 9am to 4pm. Please contact us if you would like to reserve a space.

Ellesmere Port Library 60th anniversary

Join us on Thursday 5 May between 10.30am and 12 noon for cake and more to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ellesmere Port Library. We have searched the records to learn the story of how the library came in to being, from when it was first suggested to the splendour of the opening ceremony in 1962. The story and many images from our historic photograph collection will be on display at this event, which has been organised by Cheshire West and Chester Libraries. Find out more here.

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Celebrating decades of Polish friendship

On Saturday 14 May staff will be attending ‘Polish Day’ at Chester Town Hall between 2-6pm.  The Town Hall has a plaque recording the ‘happy association of the Poles with the people of Chester’ during and after the Second World War that will be rededicated. The afternoon is open to all and we will be there to talk about researching family history in Cheshire and showcasing some of our oral history collections recording Polish migration to Cheshire. There will be lots more to see such as Polish food and drink, dance displays, model aircraft and sections on Polish culture. 

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Chester Heritage Festival Launch

On Saturday 28 May we’ll be taking part in Chester Heritage Festival’s opening event at the Roman Day at Chester Racecourse! We’ll showcase our latest Browns of Chester collection and some of the dazzling fashions, glitzy events, spectacular architecture, and staff’s creativity which helped make the store a local institution. You can share your favourite memories of the store while finding out more about the impact that Browns had on local life. We’ll also have a crafty activity for children.

The day begins with a parade of Romans and historical characters, accompanied by the town crier, and activities go on through the afternoon. More details about tickets, timings, and activities can be found here

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Collection stories …

We have published two new blogs in April. The first is The Thomas Cross Affair: Hard Times in the Chester Leather Industry. It tells the story of the decline in the industry through the struggles of a 19th century shoemaker (pictured below) who was imprisoned for stealing. The second is All Change at Crewe!, featuring renowned engineer George Stephenson and railway contractor Thomas Brassey – known as ‘Cheshire’s Brunel’ - and shows the impact that the new Chester and Crewe railway line had on the people of Cheshire. Look out for part two, coming soon! 

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Life in Lockdown Popular Collection on the Cheshire Image Bank

In 2020 we asked residents of Cheshire to contribute images of their lockdown experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of “Life in Lockdown: Your Stories Shared”. The collection covers the county from Chester to Crewe, Frodsham to Sandbach, recording craft activities and street parties, park closures and social distancing. This image of the Four Eagles Pub in Crewe is one of thirty selected to represent the collection on the Cheshire Image Bank (Image c14108 by Peter Robinson). 


Great Boughton Library walk through time

We have helped Great Boughton Library put together a display using maps and historic images about the Shropshire Union Canal. Visitors have been able to walk through time along the towpath between Cow Lane Bridge and the Bridge Inn, Boughton. It’s been enjoyed throughout April and you might just be in time to catch it for the next few days!