Megabytes and maps

John Roque map, 1746 (ref 6900/1
© Courtesy of Shropshire Archives
Rocque map set up and ready for research
© Courtesy of Shropshire Archives

Archives look after a vast array or records in a variety of formats and Shropshire Archives is no different.

Shropshire Archives is pleased to announce that is has now signed up to the Dorset Local Government Consortium for the provision of Preservica for its digital preservation needs.  This has been a long process and the training provided by AWM, (especially Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan), has been a significant part of the support required to persevere in advocating for digital preservation. We hope to transfer from our ‘in-house’ system to Preservica in the near future.

Marvellous map

Documents come in all shapes and sizes.  One of the largest held by Shropshire Archives is the survey of the manor of Wroxeter, Eyton, Uppington and Eaton Constantine made by John Roque, 1746 (ref 6900/1).   It measures 10.5 feet by 8 feet, so it’s not brought of the stores very often and it is quite an event when we issue it.  The map covers an area of the current day deer park on the Attingham Estate.

Easy access

Financial assistance from the National Trust enabled us to devise and set up a system to make a high quality digital copy which will help inform the land management of the Attingham Estate.  The digital copy will make it easy to zoom in and see the incredible detail of the map.  We hope to apply this method of digitisation to other maps in the future.

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