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Community archives update, 18/03/2015

March 18, 2015

Hope you don’t mind me sending out two blogs in a week but we’ve just been made aware of a scheme by the British Library which we think may be of interest. The Save Our Sounds project is working towards creating a national directory of the UK’s recorded sound. The aim is to eventually have a comprehensive, searchable online database of UK sound collections to help plan their preservation for future generations.

So if you hold any recordings – oral history or other sound recordings – whether single interviews or large collections, digitised or analogue – the British Library would like to hear from you. We have passed on information in relation to recordings deposited with Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

For more details, visit the British Library UK Sound Directory webpages (http://www.bl.uk/projects/uk-sound-directory) and fill in the online form. The deadline for completed forms is 31st March 2015.

Mark Pitchforth, archivist
Hampshire Record Office

 

Community archives update, 16/03/2015

March 16, 2015

After the successful first Bordon Reflections drop-in event last year a follow up is set to take place at The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday 4 April 2015. Regular followers of the blog will recall this project provides a chance for members of the public to share stories and memories about the history of Bordon as well as any interesting documents and artefacts they may have relating to the town. As before there will be on display copies of historic maps, plans and photographs from our collections relating to Bordon, which I’m sure will help to spark memories and inspire some to look into the local history of the area in more detail, as well as leaflets on our services, facilities and collections more generally.

Postcard showing St Lucia Barracks, the RFA Barracks and the RFA Stables, Bordon Hampshire Record Office, 214M87/3

Postcard showing St Lucia Barracks, the RFA Barracks and the RFA Stables, Bordon
Hampshire Record Office, 214M87/3

On Wednesday 22 April 2015 at Hampshire Record Office we will be running the latest of our Archive Ambassador training days including sessions on cataloguing archive collections, the conservation and preservation of archives, digital archives and oral history recording. As an added bonus by signing up you receive a years free membership of Hampshire Archives Trust (worth £10) and a handbook with further information on more specialist areas such as copyright issues, the preservation of film and sound archive material and exhibitions. More information can be found at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/record-office/eventdetails-hro?id=256586.
If you are interested in joining us for what I’m sure will be an enjoyable and interesting day please ring 01962 846154 to book your place. The charge is £18 per person. Places are limited so advanced booking is required. Interested but can’t make the date? Let us know and we can add you to the waiting list for future sessions.

Mark Pitchforth, archivist
Hampshire Record Office

Community archives update, 7/3/2015

March 7, 2015

We have recently added some extra events to the programme at Hampshire Record Office (Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH) for 2015 so I thought I would give our loyal blog followers an early opportunity to book places and add dates to your diaries. There’s also a reminder of other forthcoming events.

Exhibitions at Hampshire Record Office, Winchester. Free, no need to book
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (till 7pm on Thurs), 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9am-4pm (closed Bank Holidays)
Until 26 Mar Waiting in the Wings of War: art by 2D3D South Contemporary Art group members inspired by civilian life in and around Winchester in the months before the outbreak of the First World War.
1 Apr-8 Jun Bronzes for the world: tells the story of the Morris Singer Foundry which has cast bronzes for many of the world’s leading sculptors including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink. The foundry was located in Basingstoke from 1967 to 1999 and is now operating at Lasham.

Lunchtime lectures: last Thursday of each month, 1.15-1.45pm. Free, no need to book
26 Mar: The first Charlotte Yonge Scholar, Amy Locke by Alys Blakeway
30 Apr: From family research to novel by author Simon Wills
28 May: Romsey Remount Depot by Phoebe Merrick
25 Jun: Flora Thompson in Hampshire by John Owen Smith
30 Jul: Eastleigh casualty hospital by John Lankaster
27 Aug: Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War by Stephen Fisher
24 Sep: A Huguenot Hero – Henri Portal talk and film show by Mark Pitchforth

Family history for beginners. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Practical advice and help in starting your family history research: 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. 16 Apr, 11 Jun, 2-4pm; 19 Mar, 14 May 6.30-8.30pm (you only need to attend one session).

The Archive Ambassador training scheme. £18, booking essential: 01962 846154
Sign up today and help us preserve Hampshire’s heritage. Training in archive preservation/conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and film and sound archives.
Wed 22 Apr, 10am-3.30pm

Maps as a source for local history. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Workshop on how to use historic maps to uncover the history of your local area
Mon 20 Apr, 2-4pm

Reading old handwriting workshop. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Beginners: Thu 7 May, 2-4pm
Next steps: Thu 21 May, 2-4pm

Uncover the history of your house workshop. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Find out how to use archive sources to discover tales about the people who lived in your house and how it fits into the history of the local community (you only need to attend one session)
Thu 18 Jun, 2-4pm
Thu 22 Oct, 2-4pm

Was your ancestor a soldier? £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Find out more about the soldier in your family tree with this workshop revealing the many types of records which throw light on your army ancestors (you only need to attend one session)
Fri 25 Sep, 2-4pm
Tues 1 Dec, 2-4pm

Latin for beginners workshop. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
How to read old documents in Latin
Thurs 8 Oct, 2-4pm

Using school archives for historical research. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Discover the school records preserved by Hampshire Record Office, such as log books admission registers etc, and how you can use them for your historical research.
Tues 3 Nov, 2-4pm

Title deeds for local and family history. £13, booking essential: 01962 846154
Discover how to decipher and use title deeds for your historical research.
Thu 19 Nov, 10.30am-1pm

For more information about events, please visit http://www.hants.gov.uk/whatson-hro or ring 01962 846154. To receive our monthly e-newsletter, which provides regular updates about events, activities and archive news, please go to http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/mailinglist – then enter your details and select ‘Archives’ from the pick-list.

Community archives update, 27/02/2015

February 27, 2015

The Archive Ambassador training day on 18 February was a great success and this was reflected in the feedback we received from those attending. Overall we maintained the impressive average rating of the last event (4.7 out of 5). Everyone attending said they gained new knowledge and most found the sessions interesting, useful, enjoyable and inspiring. There were lots of positive comments as well including:-
“Many, many thanks to all our instructors”
“Brilliant day!”
“Well planned with lots of opportunities for discussion”
“All so interesting”
There are still a few places left on the next training day scheduled for 22 April 2015. To book your place ring 01962 846154.

Also a great success this month was the workshop we staged as part of the The Ballad of the Boy Captain schools project inspired by the life of Captain Audley Lempriere who fought and died in the Crimean War. Our Education Officer David Bond and I were working with year 5 and 6 pupils from two different schools. As one class had a tour of the building including a visit to our archive conservation department, the other learnt how Lempriere’s life could be traced using historical records taken mainly from the Lempriere of Pelham Place, Newton Valence family archive collection (4M52). There was a letter from Lempriere to his mother describing the fighting and aftermath of the Battle of Alma, letters from Lempriere to his sisters Ellen and Harriet focusing on conditions in camp and notes by Caroline Lempriere from her diary. We were worried that some of the handwriting in the letters and diary extracts might prove too challenging but actually the children did really well and managed to uncover their meaning. The information the pupils discovered was subsequently used as inspiration for producing an original folk song with assistance from professional musicians. The resultant recording will eventually be deposited with Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

Finally this week I hosted a visit from a group of volunteers connected to the Discovering Lepe’s Cold War History project. Their aim is to uncover the history of the Stone Point Nuclear Monitoring Post, a fascinating remnant of the Cold War that lies hidden from view at Lepe Country Park. Using archives and oral history interviews the group hopes to research the local area and uncover social history stories from the Cold War period. In order to aid this we agreed to provide an introduction to Hampshire Record Office as many had never visited an archive before. This took the form of a talk on the work we do and the services and collections we can offer, a tour of our public areas particularly the searchroom and a small display of some of the Cold War themed records we hold. I think the group were encouraged and hopefully inpired by what they experienced on the day and we look forward to seeing them visiting the searchroom to begin their research in the near future.

Mark Pitchforth, archivist
Hampshire Record Office

Community archives update, 11/2/2015

February 11, 2015

This week I am assisting our Education Officer David Bond with a workshop at Hampshire Record Office as part of the ‘The Ballad of the Boy Captain’ schools project inspired by the life of Captain Audley Lempriere who fought and died in the Crimean War. The session working with year 5 and 6 pupils will include a tour of the building and demonstration of how Lempriere’s life can be traced using historical records specifically his sketches, letters and army documents taken from the Lempriere of Pelham Place, Newton Valence family archive collection (4M52). The project will attempt to use what the children discover as inspiration for producing an original folk song with assistance from professional musicians. The documents we will be looking at include amongst other things a letter from Lempriere to his mother describing the fighting and aftermath of the Battle of Alma, letters from Lempriere to his sisters Ellen and Harriet focusing on conditions in camp and notes by Caroline Lempriere from her diary. Hopefully the group will find the visit interesting and archives inspirational when they come to create the original folk song.

Newton Valence, 'Pelham', c1900 Hampshire Record Office, 45M75-399

Newton Valence, ‘Pelham’, c1900
Hampshire Record Office, 45M75-399

Next week sees the latest of our Archive Ambassador training days which long term followers of the blog will recall include sessions on cataloguing archive collections, the conservation and preservation of archives, digital archives and oral history recording. We are delighted that interest in these events remains high and in fact next weeks training day has been booked up for some time but places remain on a repeat scheduled for Wednesday 22 April 2015. If you’re interested in getting involved it’s worth booking your place sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Mark Pitchforth, archivist
Hampshire Record Office

Community archives update, 5/2/2015

February 5, 2015

This week I visited East Meon in the east of Hampshire for a talk to the East Meon Local History group. The group was formed four years ago and has thrived since, with a sizeable membership and the successful completion of a number of projects. I remember first meeting the group leader at Petersfield Library in 2009 where I was performing a talk on researching the history of your house. Afterwards he approached me for advice on forming a village history society and the enthusiasm for local history was clear. The group was formed around a year later and we have subsequently linked up on a number of activities. The fledgling group visited the Record Office for a workshop on maps and a tour of the building. A project of theirs to research the buildings in the village led to an exhibition displayed in our foyer and a Last Thursday Lecture by some of their members as part of our regular programme. The group have an excellent website (http://www.eastmeonhistory.org.uk) which is well worth a look with digital copies of local material and access to transcripts of things like the parish tithe apportionment and early school admission registers. The next project on the horizon for the group is to begin researching the family names which have existed in the village for generations. This led them to invite me over to speak about the family history sources available at Hampshire Record Office. The talk was very well received and hopefully will help inspire their members to visit us in Winchester and make a start on their research.

Probate copy of the will of Richard Markes of Westbury House, nr East Meon, 1703 Hampshire Record Office, 86M81/91

Probate copy of the will of Richard Markes of Westbury House, nr East Meon, 1703
Hampshire Record Office, 86M81/91

Community archives update, 14/01/2015

January 14, 2015

The Archive Ambassador training day on Wednesday 18 February is now fully booked. A further event has been scheduled for Wednesday 22 April including the same sessions on cataloguing archive collections, the conservation and preservation of archives, digital archives and oral history recording. By signing up as an Archive Ambassador you receive a years free membership of Hampshire Archives Trust and a handbook with further information on more specialist areas such as copyright issues, the preservation of film and sound archive material and exhibitions. The cost of the training day is £18 per person. The sessions have tended to book up well in advance so although the new date is months away it may be worth getting your name down early to avoid disappointment. To book ring 01962 846154 or send a cheque payable to Hampshire County Council to Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8TH.

In the next couple of weeks I will be hosting visits to the Record Office by two Portsmouth groups. The first is a group of volunteers lead by Caroline Barrie-Smith of the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the second is a group of staff members from Portsmouth History Centre. Both should benefit from the opportunity to see public and behind the scenes areas and to gain a greater awareness of our services and collections.

In February I will be assisting with a workshop at Hampshire Record Office as part of the The Ballad of the Boy Captain schools project inspired by the life of Captain Audley Lempriere who fought in the Crimean War. Lead by Education Officer David Bond the session will include a tour of the building and demonstrate how Lempriere’s life can be traced using historical records specifically his sketches, letters and army documents.

Bordon station, c1900 Hampshire Record Office, 214M87/1

Bordon station, c1900
Hampshire Record Office, 214M87/1

After the successful first Bordon Reflections drop-in event last year I am thrilled to have been invited to the follow up at The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday 21 February. Regular followers of the blog will recall this project provides a chance for members of the public to share stories and memories about the history of Bordon as well as any interesting documents and artefacts they may have relating to the town. As before I will be taking along copies of historic maps, plans and photographs relating to Bordon which I’m sure will help to spark memories and inspire some to look into the local history of the area in more detail. It will also be a great opportunity to pass on guidance relating to the care of historic documents and explain the process of depositing archives with us.

Mark Pitchforth, archivist
Hampshire Record Office

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