A surprising find in the De Trafford of Trafford estate collection [ref no DDTR] has been records of the Palace Theatre located on Duke Street, Barrow in Furness. The records include plans, specifications, accounts & correspondence, mostly concerning the refurbishment of the theatre and its conversion to a 'talkie' cinema in the early 1930s.
These designs for proscenium curtains (i.e. curtains which hang between the stage & auditorium) date from 1931. Unfortunately, we don’t know which, if any, of these designs were chosen, but that hasn't stopped us from picking our favourites.
HRLD: Lancaster Health Authority: additional records, 1974-1994
Minute books, 1974-1994; reports, 1981-1993; financial records, 1975-1987; yearbooks, 1975-1981 & programmes, 1975-1990
WBF: Fylde Water Board: additional records, 1884-1975
Records relating to Fylde Water Acts of 1912, 1935 & 1956 including minutes, correspondence, proofs of evidence, legal papers, statistical evidence, maps and plans; Fylde Water Board minutes, 1971-1974; records of Blackburn Corporation Waterworks, 1849-1872, including minutes of directors' meetings & a scrapbook; History & description of the Manchester Waterworks, 1884; Ribble Joint committee proceedings, 1913-1934
WBP: Preston & District Water Board, 1946-1974
Annual reports, 1946-1973 & Mid Calder & Hindburn Joint Sewerage Board minutes including board meetings & various committee meetings, 1970-1974
Accrington is well known around the world for the manufacture of bricks and Lancashire Archives is home to many records relating to this trade. One of these is a large collection for C. Whittaker & Company, manufacturers of brick making machinery [collection ref: DDX 1866].
RDG: Garstang Rural District Council: additional records, 1934-1974
Building regulation plans, 1934-1948; planning applications, 1948-1974; planning register, 1891-1934; lists of plans returned from Senior Divisional Planning Officer, 1958-1961
DDX 1866: C Whittaker of Accrington, manufacturer of brick-making machinery, 1834-1972
Minute books, 1900-1937; day books, 1859-1970; letter books, 1899-1917; catalogues, 1898-1921; wage books, 1870-1969; registers of young employees, 1868-1964; shareholder records, 1897-1972; stock records, 1897-1969; customer order records, 1854-1970; product records, 1899-1972; inventories & valuations, 1865-1941; partnership records, 1855-1885; plans, 1884-1960s; images, late 1890s-1960s; V department records, 1910-1914; patent records, 1870-1971; purchase order books, 1874-1906; contract books, 1904-1971; impersonal ledgers, 1897-1924; shop order books, 1897-1914; trade ledgers, 1897-1910; cash books, 1903-1961; analysis of purchases, 1897-1953; ledgers, 1887-1962; invoices, 1897-1916; items relating to John Haworth, Globe Works, Church, 1834-1917; Furnevall and Company records, 1897-1901 & records of case between C. Whittaker & Thomas Whittaker