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Students delve into the archives

Published: 06/07/2017

Flintshire Record Office was pleased to welcome six students from Hawarden High School recently. The students spent part of the time box listing records from the Hawarden Parish Collection. These records form a portfolio compiled by Rev Stephen Gladstone, the rector of Hawarden from 1872-1904 and includes posters, programmes, news cuttings, tickets and orders of service. This is a fascinating collection for anyone interested in the history of Hawarden. The students were at the Record Office as part of the voluntary component of the Welsh Baccalaureate. This year’s theme was ‘The Environment’ so they combined the work in the office with some gardening. Despite the terrible weather, the students cleared the weeds along the lane to the Old Rectory and cut back the hedges which were overhanging the path making the area safe for our customers. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “It was great to see the Record Office welcoming the students from Hawarden High School. They worked hard over the 2 days and clearly enjoyed seeing the documents in the collection. They also had the opportunity to study some other documents relating to their school, copies of which will form part of their portfolio of evidence.” Principal Archivist, Claire Harrington, said: “The Record Office has a wealth of primary sources, across a wide range of subjects, which can help students with their studies and we would encourage them to have a look at our website and search our databases to see if we have anything that can help with any particular project.” If you would like to make an appointment to see this collection, please contact the Record Office quoting reference P/28/1/91. The Record Office is based in the Old Rectory at Hawarden and can be contacted by phoning 01244 532364 or emailing