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January 2024


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Cheshire’s archives: a story shared


Site hoardings went up in Crewe in the middle of January, the old library building needs to be dismantled and the public realm remodelled before the construction of our new centre. This is a really important step for the project and showcases the collections and the new building in a prominent place in the town centre. You can find out more about the items we’ve chosen for the hoardings on our project site.

Our contractor, Kier, have now cleared the site in Lightfoot Street, Chester, and archaeological works are being carried out. We currently expect to begin construction on both sites in the late summer/early autumn.

From 27June 2024 access to our collections at the Record Office on Duke Street will be put on hold and will begin again once our new centres open in Winter 2025/2026.

Story Shared 



Share Your Browns of Chester Story


Founded in 1780 by Susannah Brown, Browns of Chester was a pillar of local commercial and cultural life for over 200 years.

On Saturday 17 February we are partnering with the Cheshire West and Chester Arts team to encourage people with a connection to the store to share their memories. Former employees and shoppers alike are welcome to come and view our Browns’ collections and share a 15-minute group conversation about their experiences of the prestigious store. These conversations will be recorded by sound artist Geoff Bird, deposited with us, and used as part of a public soundscape which commemorates the history of Browns of Chester.

Conversations will take place in slots between 10am and 12 noon. Tickets are limited so act now if you would like to take part. If you are unable to attend, please get in touch with us as we will host a similar event where you can share memories and experiences later in the year.

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Hunn photographs on the Cheshire Image Bank

Claire, one of our local studies librarians, has been working on a project to bring more of the Albert Hunn Crewe photograph collection onto the Cheshire Image Bank. Albert Hunn photographed Crewe throughout his life and his collection includes a catalogue of the places and people of Crewe before and during the development of the town from the 1950s to the 1970s.

You may recognise the site being prepared to build a public library, with Christ Church in the background, from the 1960s!

Cheshire Image Bank 



Thank you for your interest

A big thank you to everyone who subscribes to our newsletter, we were so happy to find out we had 3,500 subscribers at the end of 2023, over 800 more than at the end of 2022! We will continue to fill our newsletters with special content for you to enjoy, whether that’s our latest news, Cheshire’s archives: a story shared project updates, upcoming event information, and collections our team and volunteers have been working on.



Mystery Image, solved!


A big thank you to Nigel Rose, who contacted us to say that this is likely to have been taken at Frost and Sons Flour Mills, Merseyton Road, Ellesmere Port, when Lieutenant T. L. Frost, of the Cheshire Regiment, made a visit on Friday, 27 November 1914. Articles in the Chester Courant and Birkenhead and Cheshire Advertiser report on the event, with the Chester Courant from 2December 1914 saying: ‘A triumphal arch had been erected over the mill entrance, the work being carried out with excellent taste, and bore the words, ‘Bravo Cheshires’ and ‘Good Luck’. The distinctive pedestrian walkway of the flour mill can be seen in the top left of the image.

See if you can identify any of our other mystery images, you’ll find more on the Cheshire Image Bank and every #MysteryImageMonday on Twitter/X

Mystery Images Popular Collection on Cheshire Image Bank

CheshireRO #MysteryImageMonday


Searchroom opening times

Until 27 June 2024 we continue to open on our usual days of Tuesdays 9am to 4pm, Wednesdays 9am to 5pm, and Thursdays 9am to 4pm.  We are still open one Saturday every month 9am to 4pm, and are taking bookings for Saturdays through to June: February 17th; March 16th; April 20th; May 18th; and, June 15th.

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