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8NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER October 2009 North Staffs andStafford DFAS Heritage Volunteersbegan cataloguing archive documentsheld at the Wedgwood Museum atBarlaston, Staffordshire. The collectionconsists of 700 boxes containing mostly20th-century archive material. Volunteers are currently transcribingthe large range of useful sources thatexist for genealogists. The earliestdocuments date from the 17th century,when Josiah Wedgwood was stilloperating from The Brick House Worksin Burslem, five years before building hisrenowned Etruria Factory. The collection comprises four distinctgroups - or 'fonds' in archivists' terms.The initial collection was started by LadyEuphemia Farrer, a Wedgwood by birth.After the museum opened in 1906 shedonated her collection, consisting of JosiahWedgwood's letters and related material,now called the 'Etruria Collection'.Liverpool antiquarian Joseph Mayer,purchased the second fond, the 'LiverpoolCollection', from the Wedgwood Companyon Josiah Wedgwood II's death in 1843. In1924 he exchanged it for 25 pieces ofWedgwood ware from the Etruria Museum.The 'Mosley Collection' became thethird fond, named after its donor, MrsWilliam Mosley (née Mary EuphrasiaWedgwood, 1880-1952), the daughterof Godfrey Wedgwood and a great-greatgranddaughter of Josiah Wedgwood.The museum has a fourth fond, the'Barlaston Collection'. Previouslyunlisted, it is the subject of the NADFASproject. It consists of over 170 box filesdating from the start of the 20th century.Heritage Volunteers are helping tocatalogue the collection to folder level,examining each folder so contents canbe summarised. Information is capturedinto a template for each folder consistingof date(s), content description and title;makes the project exciting is that wedon't know what will be found. Manyextremely interesting items have alreadysurfaced," says the museum's Archivist.The project is planned for completion insummer, with catalogued material madeavailable to researchers shortly after. Readers may be aware from recentpress reports that the future of theWedgwood Museumis currentlyuncertain. Latest news on thesituation can be found in the ReviewAbove: HeritageVolunteersexamine thecontents of oneof the 170 boxfiles from theBarlastonCollection How Staffordshire Heritage Volunteers are acquainting themselves with apreviously unlisted manuscript collection at the Wedgwood Museum, which,thanks to their efforts, could soon be made available to scholars andresearchers.By West Midlands HV Area Representative Munroe Blair'Fond' hellosa unique reference number is assigned.The information is recorded after eachsession; the cataloguing is checked andthe information recorded into the maincatalogue. Normal archival practiceinvolves examining the collection prior tocataloguing so certain groups of materialmay be catalogued together. Due to thecollection's sheer volume cataloguing isarranged under different headings sofuture researchers can easily locate theinformation they are seeking. "WhatHERITAGE VOLUNTEERSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATION REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 20109YOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONChichester DFAS first venturedinto partnership in 2008 with aYoung Arts project that hasgrown into a successful relationship withthe local community. In celebration ofthe Society's 30th and NADFAS's 40thanniversaries, an art competition waslaunched in 14 local schools entitled'Chichester After Turner' to encouragechildren to interpret some aspect of theircity in painting, just as JMW Turner didin his painting Chichester Canal.Pallant House Gallery in Chichesteragreed to mount an exhibition of theentries in its Studio Exhibition Room. Agrant was obtained from the Patricia FayMemorial Fund, 190 paintings weresubmitted and four prize-winners wereselected from varying age groups, with aPeoples' Prize voted for by the public. An even more ambitious project waslaunched in March 2009 with a furthergrant from the Patricia Fay MemorialFund. Midhurst DFAS and publisherJohn Wiley & Sons made donations,their schools were invited to aChichester DFAS meeting so memberscould congratulate them. Competitionorganiser Pat Martin visited participatingschools and spoke at their assemblieswhere she also promoted NADFAS.The project was an enormousundertaking and, without Pat's efforts,would not have been so successful.Chichester DFAS also wishes toacknowledge the support given by PallantHouse Gallery, particularly in setting upthe exhibition, arranging publicity andallowing free use of its Studio.A great deal of effort was contributedby all involved, but it proved worthwhile.Chichester DFAS is proud of itsachievement in raising the profile ofNADFAS in so many parts of thecommunity by bringing together localschools, the University of Chichester,Pallant House Gallery and the generalpublic, to the mutual benefit of allconcerned. Sussex Area Partnership Co-ordinator Diana Taylordescribes how local schoolchildren brought speciallycommissioned poems to life through paintings and drawings in an ambitious Young Arts projectPoetry in motionand Coln Gallery, a local art shop,provided art materials as prizes. TheUniversity of Chichester's CreativeWriting Department was invited tosubmit poems which could be illustratedby school children. The winning pieceswere judged by Sue Moules, a Sussex-born poet, and six titles were selected -The Stranger, Put Yourself in my Shoes,The Old Woman, Seaples Who Live inthe Sea, A Feelingand Whistler'sMother. Young Arts competition 'PaintedPoems' was underway.A poster advertising the competitionand exhibition was distributed toschools and libraries. More than 100pupils from 11 local schools took up thechallenge. They could illustrate theirchosen poem in any way they chose.Chichester DFAS was delighted by thenumber and variety of entries receivedand 50 were chosen to be hung in thePallant House Gallery Studio. A panel ofjudges - Mark Steene, Head of Learningat Pallant House Gallery, Kasha Lunt,illustrator and print maker, and YvonneGraham, member of Chichester DFAS -was asked to choose a winner from fourage groups, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 and 17-plus. In the event they did not select awinner from the oldest group, but chosetwo from the 9-12 group which wereboth considered outstanding. On the exhibition's opening evening,the Mayor of Chichester, CouncillorMichael Woolley, presented the prizes. A beautifully illustrated poetry book waspresented to each of the seven studentsinvolved in writing the poems. Individualwinners of the painting competition weregiven art and poetry books, as well as acopy of the Poet Laureate's New andCollected Poems for Children.The public were invited to choosetheir favourite entry, and the greatestnumber of votes went to Adam Callow,who was awarded the People's Prize forhis interpretation of The Old Woman, thepoem written by Amanda Oosthuizen.Prize-winners and representatives fromAbove: AdamCallow with the picture thatwon him thePeople's Prize,seen in close-upbottom left