Now and Then- Ruthin photographic collection

July 24, 2014

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.

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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.

World War One Exhibition

July 9, 2014

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War. The losses were felt in nearly every town and village in Britain as more than 1.1 million lives were sacrificed. Mothers, wives and sweethearts would never see their men again, – they would lay forever in a foreign field.

The current exhibition on display at the Denbighshire Archives features photographs of just a few of the men who served, many of whom never returned home to their loved ones waiting for them. Two of the soldiers, brothers Pte Lawrence Henry Jones, 8th Bn Manchester Regiment and Pte Robert Hugh Jones, Royal Welsh Fusiliers were both killed and papers relating to them are on display. Also shown are casualty reports published by the Denbighshire Free Press throughout the War.

This small exhibition will be on display throughout July and August 2014.

If you would like to find out more about our collections, just search our index under the subject of “war” here.


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