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Anniversary puts spotlight on archives

Herefordshire Council’s Archive Service will help mark a significant anniversary at Hampton Court Castle later this month. It is exactly a hundred years since the Arkwrights, perhaps Victorian Herefordshire’s leading family, left the palatial house and extensive grounds due to financial difficulties.

The Archive Service will display a wide range of documents, including photographs, maps and letters that record the family’s time in charge of the estate from 1809 until 1912. Among these will be a painted hunting scene featuring the Arkwrights that has been painstakingly restored by the council’s conservation team.

Senior archivist Rhys Griffith, said: “The Arkwrights were a remarkable family whose success was self-made in the heat of the Industrial Revolution. They brought new techniques and prosperity to the area and were much respected by their tenants. The archives we will be displaying tell the family’s story from its heyday to its sad decline very vividly.”

In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be activities for children based on the archives and a guided walk to hidden parts of the grounds.

The archive exhibition will be held at Hampton Court from 10.30am – 5.00pm on 29 and 30 September. Standard entry charges will apply.

For further information please contact Rhys Griffith 01432 260750.