It is work experience time here at Denbighshire Archives and last week we had a student from Ysgol Brynhyfryd (Ruthin) helping us during what turned out to be a very busy week in the search room. Elenid got involved in all aspects of our service including getting documents out for researchers and returning them safely to the stores. She also had an introduction to cataloguing by digitising the hardcopy Plas Heaton catalogue. Part of the week was dedicated to a mini-project looking specifically at Ruthin photographs and sources that can be used for researching property history including census, trade directories and maps. Elenid carried out some research on three business properties including the Farmer’s Inn on Mwrog Street in Ruthin and Gittin’s Cycle Shop on the corner of Market Street, Ruthin. We hold a number of photographs of these properties in our collections and Elenid has taken a photo of the buildings (now the Farmer’s Arms and Cavendish Ikin Estate agents) to create a “Now and Then” feature for our blog.
Unfortunately we have very little in our collections about the business’, do you have any stories to share?
Business records are an important part of archival collections and can provide insight into our county’s social and economic history. To find out more about business archives in Wales visit the blog for business archives in Wales.