Rare chance to see historical documents in Lichfield

A page from the Guild book

A page from the Guild book

Visitors are being given a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the Lichfield Record Office to view some of the hidden treasures it holds.

The event is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the office, which is located at The Friary and receives around 4,000 visits a year from all over the world. It looks after a wide range of historical material from local firms, charities and societies, as well as local authorities, the Church of England and nonconformist churches.

It will open up especially on September 26 from 10am to 4pm where visitors will be able view a display of records from across the centuries including the earliest surviving Bishop’s register for the Diocese of Lichfield for Walter Langton, dating from 1299, and the city’s illuminated Guild book dating from 1387.

There will also be an abundance of maps, parchment and paper documents.

Also on display will be one of the illustrated travel diaries of Eilidh Armour-Brown, instrumental in founding the Lichfield Society of Artists.

Some of the most popular documents consulted by visitors to the Record Office include original wills proved in church courts before 1857 – these cover Staffordshire, Derbyshire and parts of Warwickshire and Shropshire, the boundaries of the Diocese at the time.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“Staffordshire has a fascinating history and this event will provide the ideal opportunity for people to find out more about some of the important documents relating to Lichfield held by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service at the Lichfield Record Office.” 

Anyone who would like to find out more about the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and its work can visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/archives.

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1 Comment

  1. Unconcerned Citizen

    25th September, 2009 at 9:02 am

    This has sparked my interests – i may pop in tomorrow.
    But – its location being “The Friary” is not that clear.

    Does it mean the Friary opposite the library? or the Libray building (previously known as the friary school) or the new friary school?