Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Bits of Paper’

Julie and BIll, two of our volunteers who are auditing the museum’s ephemera collection, are coming across hundreds upon hundreds of historical ‘bits of paper’ as they work. The piece they’d like to share with us this week is a car registration document (acc no. 1971-176) dated 29th May 1908. It’s for a two-seater, nine horse-power motor car belonging to Henry Lawson of Morley, who bought it for £210 (approx £21,000 today!) from George & Jobling, Motor Car Agents and Engineers of Darlington. The car resgistration number was J1027.

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Stan’s Scans

Our ever-reliable scanning volunteer Stan is continuing to work through the museum’s millions of photo’ negatives. This week he has been scanning some of our material relating to the First World War, in connection with some of the events the museum is working on as part of the centenary commemorations. Here is one of the highlights of Stan’s scans this week.

This pocket watch belonged to Charlie Lightfoot, a soldier in the Durham Light Infantry, and saved his life by stopping a bullet!

16119 – This pocket watch belonged to Charlie Lightfoot, a soldier in the Durham Light Infantry, and saved his life by stopping a bullet!

Ephemera Volunteers

Since the museum began collecting objects in the early 1960s we’ve amassed a vast collection of ephemera which includes everything from posters, handbills and trade catalouges to birthday cards and even bus tickets. It has been estimated that we hold over 40,000 pieces of ephemera and Bill and Julie, two of our hard-working volunteers ,are currently auditing our collection to ensure it is stored and catalogued correctly and available for museum staff and outside researchers to view. Here Bill and Julie present one of their favourite pieces from the First World War collection;

‘We really like this posters that we have just found which depicts in caricature the ladies who were working at Armstrong-Whitworth’s in the aviation department during the First World War. They all seem so individual with such amusing comments. We particularly enjoyed Miss I.F. Capfits, who evidently was too shy to appear’.

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Julian’s Jewels

Julian, our Assistant Collections Project Officer, works extensively with the museum’s archive and photographic collection and here shares with us a couple of examples of the diverse range of images he encounters in a ‘typical’ day!

 

127618 - Unusual road sign in the Pity Me area, taken in 1957

127618 – Unusual road sign in the Pity Me area, taken in 1957

174862 - Workshop in the West Hartlepool Electric Boot Repairing Company, believed to be taken around 1920.

174862 – Workshop in the West Hartlepool Electric Boot Repairing Company, believed to be taken around 1920