Another strand of the project focuses on the listing of correspondence of the company.
Work on this series began in January 2023 with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Creative Ireland Programme.
Meath County Archive focused on employing a temporary archivist to arrange and list the collection of 64 boxes. The post was filled in June 2023 and work has been ongoing to date, with 18 boxes of correspondence thus far listed, highlighting the reach of the Clayton company and offering some insights into their eventual decline.
The scope of this collection is really broad and this specific project will really enhance our understanding of international commerce working within County Meath. It is hoped that work on the collection will continue into 2024.
Creative Ireland funding has allowed momentum and interest in the collection to build and with that there have been some additional additions to the collection, including the purchasing of Clayton cloth from the US.
These projects have the potential to open up the collection and allow researchers the opportunity to engage with their heritage.