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Item date: 19th century
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £20,000
Item cost: £684,000
Institution: Durham University, Library
Town/City: Durham

Lambton was widely acknowledged in his lifetime as one of the foremost political figures of his generation. He was very well connected, regionally, nationally and internationally, through familial, personal and professional relationships; and his role in the campaign for reform placed him at the centre of English politics. He was also a complex character full of contradictions. His personal life was punctuated in the early 1830s by a series of bereavements, which left him devastated. The effects were noticeable within his public life, where he had a reputation for being short-tempered and obstinate as well as energetic and radical. He lived the life of a wealthy aristocrat, able as he put it, to ‘jog along’ on £40,000 a year, and pursued interests in literature, art and science. The archive reflects the breadth of his career and personal connections, and promises to reveal a compelling narrative of events and provide insights into the views and actions of those involved.

Item date: 1538-1557
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £500
Item cost: £1,320
Institution: Essex Record Office
Town/City: Chelmsford
County: Essex

Clavering is a small parish in high North-West Essex, once the tiny capital of the Half-Hundred of Clavering but now known mainly for picturesque views and for a certain celebrity chef.

The leading manor was the Manor of Clavering, associated with the remains of an early castle. Curles was one of two smaller manors, its moated manor house lying about half a mile from the village centre. The ownership of these manors is slightly obscure, but they seem to have been held generally by the Barlee family of minor local gentry. The last of their line died at Curles in 1757. At the period of these rolls, however, the family seem to have been in some distress: they sold the reversion of one manor in 1568, and in 1563 a lease of Curles itself had been granted to a local yeoman by one Margaret Fulvelbye, a Cambridgeshire widow. The lease specifically excluded the profits of this manor court.

The records present themselves as eight rolls, each relating to a single sitting of the court.

Item date: 1758-1761
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £531
Item cost: £1,062
Institution: East Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Lewes
County: East Sussex

These papers are derived from the activities of the Hastings mercantile and political family of Milward, whose prominence in the town was further enhanced by the marriage in 1754 of Edward Milward (1723-1811) to Mary Collier, one of the five daughters of John Collier.

Whenever war with France threatened, the men of the maritime towns of Sussex hurried to obtain Letters of Marque and Reprisal – licences granted by the Crown giving authority to fit out an armed vessel and use it in the capture of enemy merchant shipping, and to commit acts which would otherwise have constituted piracy. These papers relate to the exploits of three such vessels, all equipped by Hastings merchants during the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) – the privateers Lyon and Fox, and the cutter Triton.

Item date: 1499-1873
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £1,736
Item cost: £3,742
Institution: East Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Lewes
County: East Sussex

In about 1970 a young articled clerk at a solicitor’s firm in the Sussex market town of Battle was required by his principal to clear old papers from a room above the stables in the office yard. Most were destroyed, but the young man could not bear to consign a few of them to oblivion; he knew that the ones he could read were of importance and guessed, quite rightly as it transpired, that those he could not were probably very old.

Fifty years later that articled clerk, now a pillar of the legal community in the West of England, decided that it was time to realise the value of what he had salvaged. His haul formed Lots 376-380 at the Clevedon Salerooms in March 2018.

Author: Richard Fry (1759-1842)
Item date: c.1793-1820
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £1,500
Item cost: £3,000
Institution: Dr Williams's Library
Town/City: London

the Library was very pleased to acquire a substantial manuscript commonplace book by Richard Fry (1759-1842)  largely dating from the early 19th century.

Author: Ann Read
Item date: 1930s
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £500 [Smaller Libraries Fund]
Item cost: £767
Institution: Dorset History Centre
Town/City: Dorchester
County: Dorset

One of two grants awarded to Dorset History Centre in 2018 enabling them to acquire original designs from the Poole Pottery.These colourful, attractive items form part of a much larger business archive which was dispersed at the point of the company's liquidation in 2003. This resulted in two large sales of archival material in both London and Dorchester. Much of the archive was acquired for DHC by a coalition of public and private fundraising across Dorset, but significant parts of the archive went into private hands. DHC has been involved in selective and intermittent acquisition of Poole Pottery material to add to the principal archive ever since. The bulk of the archive was catalogued in 2009 thanks to a grant received from The National Archives via its cataloguing grants programme and can be accessed online.

Author: Truda Carter
Item date: 1930s
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £234 [Smaller Libraries Fund]
Item cost: £234
Institution: Dorset History Centre
Town/City: Dorchester
County: Dorset

One of two grants awarded to Dorset History Centre in 2018 enabling them to acquire original designs from the Poole Pottery.These colourful, attractive items form part of a much larger business archive which was dispersed at the point of the company's liquidation in 2003. This resulted in two large sales of archival material in both London and Dorchester. Much of the archive was acquired for DHC by a coalition of public and private fundraising across Dorset, but significant parts of the archive went into private hands. DHC has been involved in selective and intermittent acquisition of Poole Pottery material to add to the principal archive ever since. The bulk of the archive was catalogued in 2009 thanks to a grant received from The National Archives via its cataloguing grants programme and can be accessed online.

Item date: 1766
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £900
Item cost: £1,377
Institution: Derbyshire Record Office

Winster is a beautiful and historic village in the Peak District National Park.  In the mid-18th century it was a prosperous lead mining town but when the mines flooded, the industry died and the population shrank.  The village’s former prosperity is visible in the fine bu

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Item date: 19th century
Grant Value: £20,000
Item cost: £1.8m
Institution: Charles Dickens Museum
Town/City: London

In 2017, the Charles Dickens Museum was approached by a private collector in America and given a rare opportunity to consider acquiring material before the remainder of the collection was sold. The collection – which we believe was the largest private collection of Dickens material in the world – had been amassed over a period of 40 years.

We have acquired over 300 items including 145 autograph letters, 54 manuscript items, 25 books from Dickens's own library and 33 artworks.

This acquisition brings outstanding material into a public collection where it can be accessed, researched and displayed, thereby extending the knowledge and appreciate of Dickens’s life and work.

Item date: 15th to 20th centuries
Date acquired: 2018
Grant Value: £3,750
Item cost: £7,500
Institution: Cotesbach Educational Trust

These documents provide crucial material relating to the first generation Marriotts of Cotesbach Hall, now occupied by the 8th generation of the family and where, through the efforts of many, we now have the most wonderful facility (principally HLF funded), namely an environmentally controlled archive which is accessible to the public, schools, researchers alike. Amongst the collection are documents relating to the purchase of Cotesbach Estate in 1759, which will fill in many missing pieces of an intriguing story.