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January 2022

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2022 and a happy new year to all our readers! Thank you for agreeing to receive regular updates from us, and if you think our news would interest your friends, community or group - please ask them to subscribe using this link too. (It is just as easy to unsubscribe if you don’t want to hear from us anymore.)

Service as usual and a new census!

The searchroom and enquiries service opened again at 9am on Tuesday 4 January. As before we are opening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can offer a morning session (9am-12pm) or afternoon session (1pm-4pm) and we will be keeping this under review. If you wish to make a booking please contact us using the button above or call us during our opening hours on 01244 972574. You can find more advice on our 'Visiting' page.

1921 census notice

You may have heard that the 1921 census for England and Wales was launched on 6 January 2022 and is now available to search and view exclusively through Find My Past. It is a subscription site and there are additional charges involved to access the 1921 census images. At present we do not offer free access to the 1921 census here at Cheshire Archives as we do with other censuses, but you can access it for free at the regional hub at Manchester Central Library. Everything you need to know can be found in our recent blog post A New Census.

Cheshire's archives: a story shared

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Our project to relocate the service and develop lots of new ways to engage a wider range of people with archives across Cheshire reached an important milestone in December, when it passed its ‘development phase review’ with the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We received lots of helpful feedback on our work to date and we will be submitting a funding bid later in 2022.

Flavours from history for Health and Wellbeing

As part of Health and Wellbeing Week (24-29 January), join Heather and Kate live on Saturday 29 January from 12 noon to 1pm via the Cheshire West and Chester libraries facebook page, where there will be a special recorded chat focusing on archive recipes, followed by a live question and answer session.

We’ll be delving into our collections for historic recipes and culinary traditions from the 17th century to the 20th century. Cooking historic recipes not only connects us with the past but historic ingredients, pickling and preserving have a lot to tell us about food miles, food waste, eating locally-sourced food and seasonality.

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Heritage Treasures Day

Heritage Treasures spinner

On 11 January we had great fun taking part in #HeritageTreasures day on Twitter. Our social media followers were encouraged to spin our lucky dip wheel, revealing a unique shelf location in one of our strongrooms. We then uncovered a heritage treasure from that shelf and shared it with them live on Twitter. Top picks included a 19th century school log-book, an enrolment book for the Cheshire Constabulary, and the 1714 will and inventory of an innholder from Astbury!

18 months of Mystery Image Mondays!

Perhaps you are familiar with our regular twitter campaign #MysteryImageMonday? Mystery Image Mondays started life 18 months ago, to crowd-source information about our images that were puzzling our Local Studies Librarian. Over 200 images later, Mystery Image Mondays have drawn to a close as a regular feature (they’ll still pop up from time to time when we have more images we need help with!), so what better time to review those mysteries you’ve helped us solve, and those which still elude us…? Read our latest blog here.

Pictured below is c13331, a recent Mystery Image solved with the help of our twitter followers. The image shows Grove Road, Hoylake at the turn of the 20th century.

Hoylake street

A Cheshire Pint

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Why not take a look at our new Cheshire Image Bank popular collection, A Cheshire Pint, taking a tour of Cheshire pubs, inns and taverns past and present, such as this image of George and Dragon pub-goers in 1970s Wilmslow (Ref: c08383)?

Inspired to do local history research about a pub near you? Check out our blog A Pub in Parkgate which has lots of how-to tips and advice