Partner organisations contributing to Gateway to the Past are : Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, the William Salt Library, Stafford, and the Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service.

As not all of our catalogues are online yet you may like to know more about what Gateway to the Past contains.

Help : As you use Gateway to the Past help is at hand - just click on the red "Get Help!" buttons for help specific to the stage in the search process that you have reached.

Digital images : The vast majority of the records in this database do not have images attached to them. The Archive Service is not currently adding images to catalogue records. The William Salt Library have added images for the Staffordshire Views series of watercolours and prints. The Arts and Museum Service have added images for all artworks in their care, and have a programme for the addition of images of objects.

A variety of ways of searching Gateway to the Past is available, of which the simplest is the Quick Search. Your search results may include a mixture of documents, books and pamphlets, artworks and museum objects.

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Specific detailed searches can be made for archives, books, pamphlets, museum objects and artworks, using a variety of criteria such as date, author, etc. Click on the link below for further information.

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Important : If you wish to see anything you find using Gateway to the Past, please note where it is located and its DocRefNo or AccNo.

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Freedom of Information : some of the records described in this catalogue are covered by the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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