Regional industry archives

This guide was last updated in 2012

Many of the large industries native to a particular area have collected their own archives for the factories of that region.

These were such large regional employers that it is worthwhile looking amongst their records to see if you can find anything relevant.

One such example is the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, which holds material concerning the Industrial Revolution in the Sheffield area.

Another example would be the Durham Mining Museum, which also contains a section on the names of mines in the Northern area that could be valuable when trying to identify which one your ancestor would have worked for.

If your ancestor was employed in the cotton industry, then you can learn a great deal 
about their working lives from Spinning the Web. It contains over “20,000 items from the libraries, museums and archive of North West England which tells the story of the Lancashire Cotton Industry.” The website has placed many original documents online and is free to use.

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