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September 10th, 2021

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Being a volunteer at the Sunny Bank Archive involves many different activities.  As well as conserving and cataloguing the artefacts, there is always plenty of research to be done.

Recently, the volunteers have been searching through old copies of the Pudsey and Stanningley News newspaper in preparation for this year’s Heritage Open Days.  With the theme of ‘Edible England,’ they were looking for articles and adverts for food and food shops, to help understand what life was like for the workers in the mill fifty and a hundred years ago, and also in 1946, after the end of the Second World War.



Research like this sometimes results in surprising finds.  Looking through copies for 1971, one of our volunteers came across an advert for her aunt’s dress shop, ‘Edwina’s.’  Another came across an article for a birthday party held at the Liberal Club in 1946 to celebrate her great- grandmother’s 80th birthday.  All part of a day’s work here in the Archive for our volunteers!


Thanks to the volunteers and the Pudsey & District Civic Society

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