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Friends of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

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
Ordinary membership £8.00 p.a
Joint membership (two persons at the same address) £12.00 p.a
Corporate/society membership £15.00 p.a
Life membership £100.00

For further details about how to become a member please download the PDF Document FoSSA Membership Application Form (13 KB) to print off and return to:

Malcolm Price, Honorary Treasurer
23 The Flashes
ST20 0HL. 

To make the most of your donations please complete the PDF DocumentGift Aid Declaration (9 KB) and return it to the same address.

Members of the Current Committee

Forthcoming Events 

There are no events on the Calendar currently.

When requesting tickets for any event please ensure that you specify the name of the event you wish to attend.

Please make cheques payable to FoSSA and enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you require a receipt. 

Staffordshire Tithe Map Digitisation Project

As an organisation FoSSA, with the help of local and family historians, is aiming to fund the digitisation of the Staffordshire Tithe Maps held at Lichfield Record Office.  We need to raise £18,000.  We have received around £13,000 from a range of societies, parish councils and individuals, for which we are very grateful.  We have put in £1,500 from our own resources, and gift aid on donations takes the total raised to just over £15,150, so we are now in sight of our target.

Find out more about the Tithe Map Digitisation Project

Support for the Archive Service

Each year FoSSA makes a donation to an archive service project or purchase and in 2015 and 2016 we have chosen to do this through the 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.

FoSSA has (December 2013) 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.

Last year FoSSA 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 previous years the Friends 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.

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.

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