Monday, 28 January 2013

Free demonstration of our online resources - 6th February

On Wednesday 6th February will be giving a 1 hour demonstration of a couple of our online resources which you can use either here or at home to show what sort of information we hold and how to get the most out of it. In each case you will need to visit to see the documents or get the detailed information, but by putting information online we hope to allow you to do research before you arrive. The two main resources we'll show are:
Historic Environment Record
This is a database of 24,000 records of historic buildings, archaeology and historic landscape features across the county, which can be viewed via www.heritagegateway.org.uk alongside many others for the rest of Britain. You can search to see what is available to find out what has been recorded for your local area, or a particular time period you're interested in, and type of monument such as churches or railway buildings.
A more powerful version with even more information, including historic mapping, is available in The Hive, along with advice on the information found. Make a 30 min appointment via archaeology@worcestershire.gov.uk
Archive Online catalogue
This contains details of collections catalogued over the past 8 years. These include some important deposits such as Worcester City Archives,  Worcester Grammar School, Vesta Tilley collection, Lechmere family of hanley castle & Vernon family of Hanbury hall, Hanbury & Shawley, and. It is available via www.worcestershire.give.uk/waas  You can use this to find what we hold about a person, place or subject, before coming to see the document in The Hive.
We have already had people who have come to view archives after discovering we had them after searching the catalogue, in some cases from other parts of the country. For instance a man came to study Perdiswell Airfield after seeing them mentioned online in the Worcester City Collection.

The session starts at 2pm in room 3 on Level 2 (Explore the Past) of The Hive. Places are free but it would be appreciated if you could let us know if you are coming through explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or phone 01905 766352.

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