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Lottery Win for Brampton Museum Project


Families are set to learn more about relatives who died in a Cholera epidemic after Brampton Museum was awarded  £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Research into the 1849 epidemic will form a major part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Maps – a Plotted History project.

The National Lottery grant will enable the museum to improve public access to and the storage conditions of its maps collection, including a small number of maps in Newcastle Library.

The maps are currently in storage and though accessible to the public on an appointment basis many are fragile and too large to view easily.

This project will improve understanding of whilst also preserving them for future generations. The maps, which date from the late 1700s onwards, contain a wealth of local historical information and are a fantastic resource for borough residents.

The Cholera epidemic map is among the most fascinating in the Brampton Museum collection. This unique map has been annotated with the houses in Newcastle where someone died of cholera. 

Working with a team of volunteers, the individuals and families who were affected by the cholera epidemic in Newcastle in 1849 will be investigated and researched in detail.

  • The 12 month research project will begin with a free to attend talk by historian Andrew Dobraszczyc at the museum on Wednesday, 21 June (2.30pm). Booking for the talk is essential – please contact the museum on 01782 619705.

Further aspects of the National Lottery project involve the museum, working in partnership with its Friends of Brampton Museum group, to:

  • Organise an exhibition of a number of the maps in an exhibition this summer called
  • Newcastle – a Plotted History from July 25 – Sept 14
  • Organise public talks about the maps
  • Share the maps online via Staffordshire Past Track – allowing 24/7 access to the maps
  • Share the maps in the museum galleries
  • Repack the original maps according to archival standard practice.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: “I’m delighted that National Lottery players’ money can be used to improve access to this fascinating record of local history. The project will not only share the map collection with local people, but also help to preserve it for future generations.”