I write to make all members aware of the danger of losing one of the most important archive collections in Lancashire
The Hulton Archive was deposited with Lancashire Archives in 1947; its current owner now wishes to sell it and it will go to auction (and probably the USA) if £95,000 cannot be raised to purchase it by the end of November 2014. The Friends of Lancashire Archives, of which I am Treasurer, are attempting to raise this to save this collection.
The documents in the Archive contains over a 1,000 documents which cover the period 1189 to 1947 and refelect the vast influence this important family had throughout Lancashire and beyond. The papers cover churches, heraldry, genealogy, turnpike roads canals, railways, mining, the Peterloo Massacre and much much more. Fuller details can be found in the 'Supporters Pack' on this web page
The page also details how donations can be made and has a simple online donation facility.
Please do whatever you can to support this appeal by spreading the word as far as you can through all the branches and to all contacts who may be interested in saving an important piece of Lancashire's history.