Posted by: kbenoy | October 3, 2012

The Taking Account of Our Past display

Yesterday, the display for the Taking Account of Our Past project opened to the public. The display contains four cases of original and surrogate material from the collection with some supporting material from other sources such as the Archives photograph collection and newspapers.

The display in the Map Room

Case 1 contains records and information on Benjamin Smith, Son & Wilkie, chartered accountants including:

  • the Fire Order Book, which contains details of Fire Insurance sold by the accountants as agents for Norwich Union Fire & Life between 1863 – 1876
  • the Time Summary Book, which contains details of the clients of the accountants and the time worked
  • Staff Lists for the accountants that link to the Time Summary Book to identify who carried out the work for each client
  • Obituaries for Lawley Taverner Smith and Mein Wilkie

Case 1: Benjamin Smith, Son & Wilkie

Case 2 contains records and information on the Queen Square Syndicate including:

  • The Minutes of the first meeting proposing the Syndicate, 1907
  • The sign in sheet from this meeting featuring signatures of many well known local men such as Charles T Mander, James Beattie and A Baldwin Bantock
  • An image of the proposed new buildings designed by Fred T. Beck
  • Photographs showing the corner of Queen Square and Victoria Street before the Queen Square Improvement
  • The sale catalogue for Harley’s Vaults in 1956

Case 2: Queen Square Syndicate

Case 3 contains records and information on the Wolverhampton & District Butchers, Hide, Skin, Fat & Wool Co Ltd including:

  • The Register of Members showing details for F. A. Gill
  • The Memorandum and Articles of Association for the company, 1887
  • A Sales Analysis Book showing details of what was sold by the company, 1968-1973
  • The Minute Book showing the entry discussing the sale of the premises at Snow Hill in 1973
  • Images of local Butchers who were members of the company and their shops

Case 3: Wolverhampton & District Butchers Hide Skin Fat & Wool Co Ltd

Case 4 contains records of families including Samuel Loveridge deceased including:

  • Estate & Income Accounts & Balance Sheets showing the Balance Sheet for 1907
  • The Obituary for Samuel Loveridge

Case 4 also contains records of Ellen Maria Wilkes deceased including:

  • Last Will and Testament of Ellen Maria Wilkes
  • Sale catalogue for Sandford Estate
  • Images of the plans and poster from the sale catalogue

Case 4: Families – Loveridge & Wilkes

The display also includes two large display boards in the research room, off the lower-fiche room.

Display telling the story of the project

One display tells the story of the project and the other includes some of the research put together by the volunteers on businesses and families represented in the collection.

Display showing research by the volunteers

This area also includes files with the original research compiled by the volunteers, which can be viewed and used for personal research.

Some of the Volunteers research available for use

The display will be available to view anytime Wolverhampton City Archives are open until the end of December 2012. Please note the Archives will be close for the first two weeks in December for our annual stocktake.


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