Monday 17 October 2016

Saving the Hulton Archive

We are delighted to welcome Jacquie Crosby & Keri Nicholson from Lancashire Record Office to talk about the Hulton Archive and the recent appeal to keep it as a public resource.

The talk is on the 23rd October at 7:30pm at Longsight Church Centre, Harwood.

Letters Patent of Henry VIII creating the parish of Deane, 1541
DDHU 10/1 (from Friends of Lancashire Archives Website)

The Hulton of Hulton family and estate archive, while relating chiefly to the Bolton and Salford area of the former County Palatine of Lancaster, is also of regional and national importance. The archive dates from 1199 to1947 and comprises more than 20 shelves of documents, correspondence and papers, a good series of estate and colliery plans, records of the Bolton and Leigh railway, and a major collection of mediaeval deeds and other material, including the only known surviving document relating to the Augustinian priory at Cartmel in Cumbria.

The Hultons were among the leading gentry families in North West England, tracing their lineage back to the 12th century. Many of them held public office in Lancashire, demonstrating a continuing service to the local and regional community and it was therefore entirely appropriate that they deposited their family papers in the new Lancashire Record Office in 1943. The direct family line ended with the death of Sir Geoffrey Hulton in 1993, and ownership passed to a nephew who, having added material to the deposited collection, decided in 2013 to offer it for sale, giving Lancashire Archives the opportunity to purchase it.