Posted by: kbenoy | September 14, 2011

Heritage Open Day 2011

As many of you will be aware, last week saw the annual Heritage Open Days event across the country. Here at Wolverhampton City Archives we opened up the Molineux Hotel Building for 5 tours over two days. The event was successful with each tour being fully booked well in advance of the event.

My role at this event was to create a display about the Taking Account of our Past project. This involved researching the background of the chartered accountants Smith, Son & Wilkie and a selection of their client companies. I chose businesses that were based in the centre of Wolverhampton and used a map to show the locations of their premises. The research involved the use of historical trade directories, photographics from the Archive collections, the census, parish records, local newspapers and many other sources available at the Archive.

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Board 1 (top): Benjamin Walters, Locksmiths – North Street

Board 1 (bottom): Wolverhampton & District Butchers Hide Skin Fat & Wool Co Ltd – Templet Street/Snow Hill (behind the Gaumont Cinema)

Board 2: Annotated map of the centre of Wolverhampton

Board 3: Queen Square Syndicate, Property Developers – Queens Arcade

Board 4: Benjamin Smith, Son & Wilkie, Chartered Accountants – Darlington Street

As I continue cataloguing the records of the Smith, Son and Wilkie collection I will be able to use the information I discovered while creating this display to add to the administrative histories of these companies.

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