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November 2021

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Happy Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching and as this is our last newsletter of 2021 we would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and send our best wishes for 2022. This year we are not closing for a week in December that we have always used in the past to work on collections, but please note our opening arrangements for the festive period.The searchroom and enquiries service will close for Christmas at 4pm on Thursday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4 January. If you wish to make a booking for the new year please contact or call us during our opening hours on 01244 972574.

Inspired by Nature

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Inspired by Nature celebrates what would have been the 120th birthday year of Charles Tunnicliffe, renowned wildlife artist born in Langley, near Macclesfield. From early December to Spring 2022, a range of events across the town and online will showcase his artwork, brought to you by Macclesfield Town Council, Cheshire East Council, The Silk Museum, LIT festival, Cheshire East Library, and Cheshire Archives and Local Studies. Details of all the events can be found online.

Cheshire Yeomanry records online

The Ogilby Muster (TOM for short) is a First World War digital archive launched on 3 November. There are currently 75 participating collections and more set to join. You can search and view photographs, documents, letters and diaries covering 1900-1929 held in regimental museums and archives across the UK and it will be an invaluable tool for anyone interested in military, social or family history.The platform includes records from the Cheshire Yeomanry collection which we hold on behalf of the Cheshire Yeomanry Regimental Association.

Cheshire Crimes and Capers

On Thursday 18 November with Cheshire West and Chester Libraries we delved into the world of Cheshire crime using sources from our collections. We shared tales of William Lowndes the mail robber, a sword fight which led to murder, witchcraft, and a murder in Tilstone. There were lots of questions from the audience who joined us for the livestream, if you missed out it’s available to view via libraries facebook.

Story Swap

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In October, we helped organise a ‘Story Swap’ event with CHAWREC (Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre) and the University of Chester. People who have experience of crossing borders came together with historians of migration to share their stories, their food, and their research into the lives of people who have made Cheshire their home. There are more stories to tell and we need your help – read all about Discovering and Remembering Stories of Migration and Refuge.

Pop-up at the Pub

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On Tuesday 16 November, we joined colleagues working on the Cheshire Local List project at a pub pop-up at The Bull in Shocklach. We brought with us a selection of archive treasures, copy documents, books and maps to share stories about the history of the village - from its peculiar name (which translates to ‘spirit-haunted stream’) and ghost stories about local landowners, to the history of its pub. Local residents found pictures of their homes, references to their ancestors, and could take home a couple of historic Christmas recipes we found in the church accounts! 

Cheshire History Day

We enjoyed Cheshire History Day on 30 October, organised by the Cheshire Local History Association and held this year at The Grange Theatre, Hartford. The theme this year was ‘Cheshire Pioneers’, and the range of talks was fascinating. We heard about Sir William Brereton and the civil war, map maker John Speed, women pioneers of the chemical information world, Thomas Brassey the railway engineer, and England’s first warranted policewoman, Edith Smith, from Oxton. Our display featured pioneering Cheshire photographers such as Thomas Davies and W. H. Hanmer whose works dating back to the 1850s are digitised and can be seen on the Cheshire Image Bank. The latest CLHA journal, Cheshire History No. 61, is now published and available for purchase from our online shop.