Due to covid-19 (‘coronavirus’)

Brampton Museum is closed until further notice.

Archive and collections enquiries

Our museum holds over 28,000 items relating to the history of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. This includes photographs, old documents, ceramics, medals, archaeology and objects relating to local people and places.

You can find some of our collection and archive images online on Staffordshire Past Track , however most are not accessible online.

If you are doing some research and need information about objects we hold, or if you wish us to check our catalogue for something you are looking for, we will do our best to help you – please use the Contact Us form

Popular items include information on the Burgesses of Newcastle-under-Lyme, local maps and plans, archaeological digs, clearance areas, Poor Rate books, Council minute books, Staffordshire figures and Royal Charters.

Please note that enquiries and collections research can be time-consuming and is sometimes undertaken by our volunteers. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Many of the objects and archives are available for research and can be consulted in person but please make an appointment first to avoid disappointment.

1849 Cholera Map Project

Brampton Museum is currently working on an exciting Heritage Lottery Fund supported project to research the lives of those who died in the 1849 Cholera Epidemic.  As part of this project the museum is making some of our archive collection available online.

Volunteers and Andrew Dobraszczyc have worked for a year to  create a database with 241 entries under 19 headings which can be searched and analysed in different ways.  There are also 241 biographies (208 completed by the volunteers, the remainder by the director) of people who died during the cholera epidemic in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  The Newcastle Cholera Map has been digitised and is available online on Staffordshire Past Track . The database has added significantly to our understanding of the cholera epidemic – the number of people who died, their occupation/social status, age and recorded cause of death. It is now possible to update the ‘Cholera Map’ based on the new findings. The research has answered the questions asked of it and has, in the nature of research, raised new ones.

The database is available to view below with the transcripts of the relevant death certificates.. The 1839 Police Directory of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the 1849 Poor Rate Book for Newcastle-under-Lyme were two of the sources from the Brampton Museum used by the volunteers to compile the biographies of the cholera victims.  The 1839 directory and the 1849 rate book have been transcribed by volunteers and are also available below:

1849 Cholera Database (Excel39kb)

Cholera Death Certificates Transcripts (345kb)

1840 Poor Rate Book (PDF 312kb)

Cottrill's Police Directory 1836 (PDF 282kb)


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Last updated 20 March 2020