If you are interested in viewing this free exhibition the Liphook Heritage Centre on the first floor of the Millennium Centre, Liphook, is open from 10am to noon on Mondays and Fridays and from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesdays. Contact details: http://www.liphookheritage.org.uk/contact-visit-us
The exciting news of the week is that the large map scanners are being set up in our Education Workroom again and over the next couple of months we’ll take another step forward in our ambitious project to digitise all the Hampshire tithe maps we hold. So far 86 parishes have been completed, with 185 remaining. Long term, the vision is to make them available online alongside current and other historic mapping but this will take some time to realise. A number of societies have kindly donated £100 to have their parishes included in this second phase of digitisation. If this is something your group might consider for future phases then do contact us to discuss it further (email@example.com).
The CD-ROMs containing digital images of tithe maps and the accompanying awards for those parishes already completed are available for purchase on our online shop.
More information about the maps held by Hampshire Record Office can be found at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives/hals-collections/maps-plans.htm.
This weeks Archive Ambassador training day proved to be a great success. We were fully booked and it is clear from both verbal and written feedback gathered on the day that those attending found the sessions interesting, useful and enjoyable. Some of the comments made included:-
- a very enjoyable and useful day
- info I gained will be used all the time
- will help to improve all aspects of the management and development of our archive
The programme included:-
• Information on the conservation of archives, with simple but effective ways to help preserve collections. What are the main risks? How do we minimise these? What help is available?
• An introduction to organising and cataloguing archive collections, with practical tips and advice. What are ‘archives’? How do we set up a collection?
• How to create digital records and make collections available online. How to get the best from your ‘scans’ and the type of formats on which to save your material.
• A guide to the basic care of film and sound material by the Wessex Film and Sound Archive Manager.
We hope to run similar training days next year. If you are interested in getting involved send your name and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01962 846154 to be added to the waiting list.
Also this week I visited Whitchurch Silk Mill to discuss their archive collection. Staff made me very welcome and it was a great thrill to see inside the mill for the first time. The discussions we had were very useful and there are clearly a number of ways in which we can work together in the future. We hope that as a first step some of their volunteers will be able to join us for one of our Archive Ambassador training days next year and also for an evening visit to the Record Office which will include a tour and exhibition of documents from our collections. For more information on Whitchurch Silk Mill go to their website at http://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk.
Last Saturday I represented Hampshire Record Office at the Test Valley Records Society Annual Meeting at Woodley Village Hall, Romsey. It was a great chance for me to meet members of local history groups from in and around the Test Valley area and lovely to see some familiar faces and several new ones as well. I found it interesting and inspiring to hear of the good work which has been going on during the year and was able to pass on the latest Hampshire Archives news including our recent change in Saturday opening times, an update on the tithe map digitisation project and our developing plans to mark the centenary of the First World War. We finished the meeting by viewing two archive films connected to Test Valley from the Wessex Film and Sound Archive collections.
The visit last week by staff and volunteers from Sir George Staunton Country Park proved to be a great success. It gave us the chance to display some of our most interesting and illuminating documents relating to Staunton and Leigh Park. All those attending made positive comments on the variety and depth of archives available and the ease in which they can be accessed via the searchroom. Plans are taking shape for a project which will hopefully include the digitisation of substantial amounts of archival material held by us. Once done it could then be made available to visitors at Staunton Country Park and other nearby venues, making it easier for the local community to engage with its history and hopefully be inspired by it.
Mark Pitchforth, Archivist
This Saturday I’m representing Hampshire Record Office at the Test Valley Records Society Annual Meeting at Woodley Village Hall. It is a chance for local history groups from in and around the Test Valley area to get together to share ideas and information and report on the good work which has been done during the year. I will be able to pass on the latest Hampshire Archives news including our recent change in Saturday opening times and our developing plans to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Regular readers will remember we have been working with Sir George Staunton Country Park over the last few months, on a project to make more of their rich history and engage with local communities. Next week staff and volunteers from Staunton are visiting us here at Hampshire Record Office to view some of the related archive material from amongst our collections.
We have also been contacted recently by staff from Whitchurch Silk Mill who have a small archive collection which they are looking to organise and eventually catalogue in detail. As a first step I am due to visit the Mill next month to take a look at the material and discuss future plans to ensure its long term survival and make it available to potential researchers.
The latest edition of Hampshire Archives and Local Studies News is due out next week. This monthly e-newsletter gives updates on our services, collections and forthcoming events, exhibitions and activities as well as access to film clips from the Wessex Film and Sound Archive collections. To sign up go to http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/mailinglist enter your contact details and select the ‘Archives’ category.
Don’t forget over the next few days we have a number of events coming up including:-
Is there a book in you? a practical guide to writing & publishing your own book by Dr Alison Baverstock of Kingston University, Wednesday 9 October, 2-3pm. £6 per person, advanced booking essential
Family History for Beginners: discover the main sources available and how to use them. Access material on microfiche/film with staff on hand to answer any questions. All you need to know to begin researching your family tree, Thursday 10 October, 2-4pm. £12 per session, advanced booking essential.
Secret Stories from the Archives: at this family event you can make and decorate your own Story Box, add your personal story to our Story Wall and listen to our very own Storyteller telling tales old and new from the archives themselves. All ages and abilities welcome, especially children with disabilities, Saturday 12 October, 1-4pm. £1 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), booking required.
We also have a presence at Eastleigh Family History Day at Eastleigh Library on Saturday 12 October, 9.30am-4pm, in the form of Hampshire Record Office exhibitions, information on our services and leaflets demonstrating how to use our collections to begin family history research.
I know many of you are already making plans to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. You might be interested to know therefore that Hampshire County Council has launched a brand new grant scheme to help support local communities in their plans to mark these historic milestones next year. Funding of between £200 and £2,000 is available to help match-fund community-led projects and events through the new ‘Hampshire Commemorates’ scheme, which forms part of the raft of events and initiatives planned by the County Council to mark the anniversaries. For more information go to http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirecommemorates/hampshire-commemorates-grants.htm.