An Article in the 17 March 2023 edition of the Friend is about a rare document discovered in the Archive and Library collection by pure chance
On 29 September 1699 two Quakers married in Bath: Thomas Rose and Mary Fry. In 1861 their marriage certificate was sent to William Cunnington, one of the founders of Wiltshire Museum. Sometime after 1894 the certificate disappeared into a scrapbook where it stayed hidden until 2010.
The story of this record of a deeply-personal event has been explored by Dr Kate Macdonald, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and can be read here.
A longer article will appear in a future edition of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine.