FoSSA has supported the Archive Service through fundraising since 2003. We played a major role in saving the Sutherland Collection, which the Archive Service secured with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2006. We raised £92,000 in matched funding through donations from charitable trusts, companies, local societies and private individuals.
We are now fundraising for the Archive Service’s Staffordshire History Centre Project, as it approaches the Stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is being done in various ways:
- We will hold donations towards the project matched-funding from other charitable trusts, companies, local societies and private individuals
- Our Tithe Map Digitisation Project funding (c.£15,000), which is now almost complete, will be included in the SHC Project matched-funding
- We will be launching a new crowd-funding initiative in January 2018 for specific features of the Project
We thank our members and all of the other organisations that have supported our fundraising initiatives in the past, and look forward to working with you to protect and promote the archival heritage of our County and City in the future.
Our support for the Archive Service over the years
Each year FoSSA makes a donation to an archive service project or purchase.
2015-2017: Our Tithe Map Digitisation Project. The FoSSA Committee thanks all members for their continued support which has allowed us to provide £1,500 for maps that have not attracted a sponsor. We have also raised a further £13,500 from a wide range of organisations and individuals who are sponsoring specific maps.
2013: FoSSA provided financial support for the purchase of the commonplace book of John Newton Lane of King's Bromley, saving the volume for local historians, otherwise a sale to an overseas buyer was likely. Lane made entries in the book from the age of 17 to near the end of his life and there is much of interest in it. The volume is in excellent condition and is now available at the Staffordshire Record Office in Stafford.
2012: We 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.
2007-2011: We have 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. These documents have included both parish registers and electoral registers.
We 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.
2003-2006: We 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. We raised £92,000 through a wide range of activities, and from a wide range of partners.