Friends of Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service (FOSSA)
Patron: Richard Dyott Esq.
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The Friends of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, (registered charity no 1101381) was founded in 2003 with the aim of bringing together the many different kinds of users of the Archive Service.
The Society offers a warm welcome to family, local and national historians as well as to those of us who simply want to find out more about the county's past. Our members are individuals or organisations who appreciate the role of the Archive Service in preserving our history, have benefited from its facilities and wish to support its work in the future.
The Aims of FoSSA
to support the work of the Archive Service at all its service points
help to develop and promote the education of the public through the use of archives
Joining FoSSA enables you to:
Receive invitations to and reduced rates for a range of social events and visits
Receive a twice-yearly Friends' Newsletter
Take up opportunities for voluntary work within the Archive Service
Become involved in helping to preserve our archival heritage for present and future generations
Receive priority booking for Archive Service events
Joint membership (two persons at the same address)
For further details about how to become a member please download the FoSSA Membership Application Form (PDF, 17kb) to print off and return to Malcolm Price, Honorary Treasurer, 23 The Flashes, Gnosall, Stafford ST20 0HL. To make the most of your donations please complete the Gift Aid Declaration | and return it to the same address.
Members of the Current Committee
David Calcroft, Vice Chairman
Joanna Terry, Head of Archives and Heritage, ex officio
Forthcoming Events - Spring 2013
A visit to Biddulph Old Hall
Tuesday 30 April 2013, at 2.30 p.m.
The visit will include tea in the farmhouse.
For tickets please send an s.a.e. to Faith Cleverdon, St Edward's Cottage, Ball Lane, Leek ST13 5EU, with a cheques payable to FoSSA (£9 FoSSA members; £11 non members).
A visit to Blithfield Hall near Admaston
Thursday 16 May 2013, as 7.00 p.m.
The visit will include tea and cake in the house.
For tickets please send an s.a.e. to Richard Totty, Rock Cottage, Redhill, Rugeley, WS15 4LL, with a cheque payable to FoSSA (£10 FoSSA members; £12 non members).
A visit to the Blackden Trust, Holmes Chapel
Wednesday 12th June 2013, at 2.00 p.m.
We will see the restored 16th century building known as the Wrinehill Medicine House and there will be a short talk on the apothecary's records. This will be followed by tea and cake.
For tickets please send an s.a.e. to Pamela Sambrook, 8 Convent Lane, Oulton, Stone ST15 8UN, with a cheque payable to FoSSA (£10 FoSSA members; £12 non members).
A walk around the historic village of Swynnerton, with Rose Wheat
Tuesday 13th August 2013, at 7.00 p.m.
For tickets please send an s.a.e. to Dianne Barre, The Manor, Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LU, with a cheque payable to FoSSA (£5 FoSSA members; £7.50 non members).
Support for the Archive Service
FoSSA has recently provided support for the purchase of 18 boxes of material from the archives of the firm of Challinor and Shaw, the Leek solicitors. This has been carefully assessed by Archive Service staff and considered well worthy of preservation. These items will augment the existing material from this firm already held by the Service.
In October 2011 the Friends provided Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service with funding for the microfilming of heavily used documents to ensure that they are preserved and made available through the Service's reading rooms, as the Service no longer has a budget to do this.
In the past we have also purchased camera stands to assist researchers in photographing documents in the reading rooms; funded printing of a leaflet to promote volunteering within the Service; purchased document cushions to help ensure the safe use of archives in the reading rooms. We also played a major role in the fundraising effort to save the Sutherland Collection, which the Archive Service secured with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2006.