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Curator's Blog - Rediscovering the Kenrick Archive

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02 September 2015

This month, our Collections Team have been working on our Kenrick Archives.

Archibald Kenrick & Sons were a Black Country company who began trading as iron founders in 1791 manufacturing buckles and livery fittings in West Bromwich. By 1914, they specialised in the production of cast-iron hollow-ware; pots and pans; household and builders’ ironwork; and malleable iron work and castings. Kenrick also supplied munitions during both world wars and during the 1950s made castors for furniture.  The foundry closed in 1965 but the company itself continues to trade in window and door hardware supplies. 

Our collection consists of a large amount of administrative material and trade catalogues which our archivist, curators and volunteers are currently systematically re-listing to make the collection more accessible to the public.

The collection is a total of 48 boxes, we are very pleased with our findings so far, our archivist has found over 50 patent certificates for Kenrick designs including door knockers, coffee mills, letter boxes (referred to as ‘postal handles’). She estimates that the project will be complete for public viewing in 4 months time. 

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