‘Bits of Paper’

Our ephemera collection volunteers, Bill and Julie, are busy as ever with auditing the museum’s collection of historical ‘bits of paper’, while trying to keep cool in our tropical (northern) weather! Here’s a highlight from what they have come across this week – one of the older items in the collection. It is an original Quaker marriage declaration for George Coates and Dorothy Cartwell, dated 7th August 1721. The document has been signed by members of the Backhouse family, who were a well-known banking family in Darlington, as well as many other notable local persons.






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