Community archives update, 24/1/2013
Regular followers of the blog will remember that at the end of last year Mark Pitchforth visited groups on Hayling Island at Gorseway Residential Home and a Carer’s Group at Age Concern and Archive Education Officer, David Bond visited The Hayling School as part of a Heritage Lottery-Funded project being run by Dot to Dot Arts of Portsmouth. The sessions were designed to tell those attending about the work of Hampshire Record Office and show them some of the archives, particularly those relating to Hayling, that are available to anyone visiting the searchroom. As a result of these sessions we have now arranged for a number of those involved with the project to visit the Record Office next month for a behind the scenes tour and display of original material. They will also be able to visit the Wessex Film and Sound Archive and see where the oral history recordings created by the project will eventually be deposited and made available to researchers.
There are a number of workshops coming up in the next few weeks.
6 Feb: House history for beginners find out how to use archive sources to discover tales about the people who lived in your house, uncover lost or forgotten features, and find out where your home fits into the history of the local community or what was there before it was built.
19 Feb: Reading old English wills and inventories from the 16th-18th centuries
20 Feb: In Riflemen’s Footsteps using the regimental archive trace Riflemen from three of the most famous regiments in the British Army (Royal Green Jackets, Rifle Brigade, King’s Royal Rifle Corps)
13 Mar: Meet the archive conservators: find out how archive documents suffer damage, and how conservators repair and protect them.
There’s also a special ‘Evening with the Barings‘ on 4 March marking the 250th anniversary of Barings Bank and celebrating Hampshire’s links with the Baring family.