During 2016 our visitors have become familiar with a new archivist in the office, Jane Sellek, who has been working with us on a temporary basis for the last year. Unfortunately Jane’s contract has come to an end and we will be sorry to see her leave at the end of January. Jane has assisted many researchers during her time supervising our searchroom and behind the scenes she has been busy cataloguing a number of collections including;
- SDS- Denbighshire County Council Shadow Authority (Minutes and agendas 1995-1996)
- SD- Denbighshire County Council (Minutes and agendas 1996 onwards)
- SDC- Denbighshire County Council Cabinet Committees (Minutes and agendas 2000 onwards)
- PSD/O- Wrexham Magistrates Court additional records
- PSD/Q- Berwyn Magistrates Court additional records
- HD/8- Wrexham Maelor Hospital additional records
- HD/23- Board of Health Wales (N.E. Region)
- Many other smaller deposits
Jane has also been supporting our volunteers in our ongoing cataloguing project looking at County Clerk’s files.
The staff will be very sorry to lose Jane and wish her all the best in the future.
2016 was an exciting year for us for online developments, as the new website was launched in June 2016. Since the launch almost 300 people have registered and our visitors are now booking online before visiting us. Website use has increased by over 30% compared to the same time last year and we now have 40% of our catalogues available to search online including large collections such as Porter and Plas Power.
Researchers and Enquiries
997 researchers used our office during 2016 consulting 3160 original documents. Local history is the most popular subject for research accounting for 51% of our researchers, closely followed by family history accounting for 32% of researchers.
Some of the main projects we have seen our researchers complete are;
- A History of Royal Denbigh Lodge by Rob Hammond, 2016
- The Primitive Methodist Mission to North Wales by David Young, published by Wesley Historical Society (Wales), 2016
We answered 706 enquiries by post, email or telephone.
We have received a number of grants this year including;
- An NMCT grant to repair and re-box the Denbigh Borough Charters
- Two ARCW accreditation support grants to fund a new camera and related equipment
- An ARCW workforce development grant to cover the cost CALM software training for staff
- An Explore Your Archives grant to fund our new service films
Events and Groups
130 visitors attended our events during 2016 including the Explore Launch in November, a school visit from Ysgol Pentrefoelas and our annual student visit from Glyndwr history students.
The archives has been involved in a number of filming projects including filming for Archives Wales on the prison diet which can be viewed here.
Cataloguing and Accessions
You can keep an eye on our new accessions on The National Archives survey here.
42 new accessions were recorded during the year including records of;
- Dyffryn Clwyd National Trust Association (DD/DM/1891)
- Vale of Clwyd Trades Council (DD/DM/1494 additional)
- Photographs of Women’s Land Army employees (Ruthin) (DD/DM/1892)
- Prestatyn Town Council minutes (2006-2015) (TC/50 additional)
- Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club (Ladies section) (DD/DM/1087 additional)
- Ruthin and Denbigh County Court Registers (CCD/C/21-30)
- Prisoner of War Correspondence to the Hooson Family of Caerfallen, Ruthin (DD/DM/1902)
- Magistrates Court Records for Wrexham and Berwyn (PSD/O & PSD/Q additional)
- Trevallyn Maternity Hospital Records (HD/4 additional)
- Wrexham Maelor Hospital Records (HD/8 additional)
- Board of Health Wales (N.E. Region), records of (HD/23) (cataloguing in progress)
- Charity Commission Records (DD/DM/1904)
We now have 11 onsite volunteers and 10 virtual volunteers helping us with numerous ongoing projects such as:
- Retrospective conversion of papers lists
- Box listing new records such as architectural plans and clerks papers
- Improvement and digitisation of the catalogues for our school records
- Auditing and re-packaging collections
In total our volunteers have contributed over 900 hours of volunteer time during 2016. We have had 2 students from Glyndwr University on student placements.
Thank you to all our researchers and volunteers, we have had a very productive and busy year!