Mendham Collection in peril

Mendham Collection in peril.

On Chris Paton’s blog I read about the selling off of part of the Mendham Collection by the Law Society who it seems think themselves above the law!! Below is the information sent to Chris by Tahitia McCabe from the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture and Creative Arts.

‘Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent have joined forces in a bid to prevent a unique historic collection of several thousand manuscripts, early books, and pamphlets being broken up.
The Mendham Collection, which is owned by the Law Society of England and Wales, contains about 5,000 invaluable items including medieval manuscripts, rare books and unique copies of some of the earliest books to have ever been printed. It has been held under the custodianship of the University and Cathedral for nearly thirty years.
Despite an agreement that Cathedral and the University will retain the custodianship of the Collection until the 31 December 2013, the Law Society has given notice of its instruction to Sotheby’s to remove the most valuable items on 18 July 2012 as part of a fundraising drive.’

There’s an online petition to sign at which is where the above text came from:

Please do take a few minutes to sign the online petition it need 5,000 signatures and when I signed had just over 3,000 so at least another 2,000 are needed. Please don’t stand by and allow our precious archives be sold off piece meal.

Chris Paton’s blog

Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

clip_image002Have you got folk from Nottinghamshire ? My husband has so I was interested in this website. The first page introduction says it all really !!….

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway is designed to provide a guide to the heritage resources of the county, and a history of Nottinghamshire featuring the latest research.

The information provided by the Gateway is arranged through a series of research pathways, organised into the following groups: places, people, themes and events. The pathways provide users with a brief overview of a subject area and a list of key resources for further research, arranged by type of source material.

The Gateway is being developed by The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, and new pathways are added on a regular basis.


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Flintshire Record Office


clip_image002From 4 April 2011 we will be changing our opening hours to:

Monday:                10am to 4.30pm

Tuesday:                10am to 4.30pm

Wednesday:                CLOSED

Thursday:              10am to 4.30pm

Friday:                   10am to 4.30pm

The pilot Saturday opening will continue until the end of the pilot period, when it will be evaluated.

The Saturdays we will be open are:        

9 April 2011

14 May 2011

11 June 2011

9 July 2011

13 August 2011

10 September 2011        

Please note that on Saturdays original documents will be available only if ordered in advance by noon on Friday. Space available is limited so booking is essential.

Liz Newman


Flintshire Record Office/Archifdy Sir y Fflint

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Picture The Past – Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Photos online


Picture the Past, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire photosThis website offers access to photographic collection that previously have only been available through the libraries concerned. Now they are all online and searchable by a variety of search criteria. I did a search for Bakewell where my Matkin family come from and there were 611 photographs on offer. Another good thing is that they say you can print them off at home for personal use only without greeting into strife with the libraries concerned.

The website says…..

The libraries and museums of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have in their collections, hundreds of thousands of historic photographs, slides, negatives, glass plates, postcards and engravings recalling the history of the local communities over the last hundred years and more.

In the past, these treasures were held in filing cabinets and anyone who wanted to see them would have to make a trip to the library or museum – perhaps to several different locations. Thanks to a major award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the four authorities are now working in partnership to digitise the images and make them available on the Internet, through this unique website.



Lambeth Palace Library


imageThe Lambeth Palace Library holds, amongst other archives, the Court of Arches records. Their is an excellent article by Stephen Wade on these records in the November 2009 issue of the Ancestors magazine.


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