The Records

The archives entrusted to our care date from 1205 to the present day and include the records created by:

Official Records

  • Local and Central Government
  • Hospitals
  • Schools

Private Records

  • Businesses
  • Churches
  • Estates
  • Families and individuals
  • Clubs,¬†societies and associations
  • Organisations

WHAT ARE ARCHIVES?

Archives are the building blocks of history –¬†they are unique documents of historical and evidential value and take many different forms:

  • Parchment and vellum
  • manuscript
  • printed paper
  • photographic
  • audio
  • electronic
  • maps

WHY DO ARCHIVES MATTER?

Archives can help us to unlock the past: they tell the story of our local and national communities that extends beyond the reach of living memory.

Archives form the personal and corporate memory of individuals, families, institutions and organisations. They can be preserved indefinitely whereas human memories fade and pass away.

WHY USE ARCHIVES?

Archives can be used for research, learning, entertainment, and practical purposes.
Archives can help you with a wide variety of investigations including the history and development of :

  • families and individuals
  • communities
  • buildings
  • the physical environment
  • social and economic landscape
  • politics of the past
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