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Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive is a joint campaign delivered by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association across the UK and Ireland. It aims to showcase the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together, and tell amazing stories.

Usually held for a week in November, the campaign showcases the phenomenal archival collections held by organisations across the UK and Ireland, whatever their size and scale, and wherever they are. Watch this space for news relating to the 2015 campaign and see below for some of the activities which took place in 2014.

Discover archives in Wales and Ireland.

Archives are amazing. Without archives, we could not study the histories of our communities or nations. We wouldn't have such historically rich novels and films. We would know little about the lives of our predecessors.

The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and The National Archives have come together to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have on individual lives. Many people indirectly benefit from archives without realising. We want more people to understand and value archives of all types: local, university, business, specialist, private and national.

Explore Your Archive. There is so much to discover.

All events

Verity Lambert - Strathclyde University Archives

Monday 18 - Friday 22 November 2013, 10:00 - 16:00
University of Strathclyde

Exhibition on Verity Lambert the first female producer at the BBC. Verity was the founding producer of Doctor Who and Jonathon Creek and is an Honorary Graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

‘Coming Home From the Front Line’

24 November 2013 14:00 - 15:40
National Railway Museum York

Exhibition on wartime ambulance trains - through oral histories, photographs and drawings of ambulance trains, nurses, soldiers, operating rooms, poison cupboards, padded cell compartments and much more.

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives

22 October 2013 - 22 March 2014
Brunei Gallery

Exhibition on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone, explorer and humanitarian campaigner.

Downton Abbey for real

A Downton Abbey for real display of archives relating to the owners of Bisham Abbey (now the National Sports Centre). The House was a private home, however it is now open to the public.

‘Out of the Box: The David Heneker Archive’

22 November 2013 - January 2014
Kingston University

This exhibition from Kingston University Archives will explore the work of musical theatre composer David Heneker, whose work included Half a Sixpence.

Explore your Archives Open Day at the IOE!

20 November 2013
Newsam Library & Archives
email for more information on how to make a booking.

On Wednesday, November 20th, drop in to the Archives at the Newsam Library & Archives and explore story boxes from our collection. Students can pick up teaching resources and discuss how to use original documents in the classroom.

Newsam Library & Archives School Workshops

London schools
email for more information on how to make a booking.

We are taking the archives on the road and into London schools! Free workshops are offered for classes from Key Stage 1-4 linked to the National Curriculum. Each workshop takes a hands-on approach to historical enquiry, as an Archive Education Officer delivers engaging sessions using the archives.

Georgina Goldie Killin

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art Curator Alison Brown researches Glasgow Style ceramics at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Quarry Bank Archive

19 - 28 November, December 2 2013
Quarry Bank Archive, Styal, Wilmslow

As part of The National Archives' 'Explore Your Archive' event, we're giving all our volunteers (and anyone else who's interested!) the chance to take a peek behind the scenes at the Quarry Bank Archive...

The heroic exploits of Leading Seaman James Freel

Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow-in-Furness

As part of Explore Your Archive campaign in November, Barrow Archives intend to celebrate the success and achievements of Leading Seaman James Freel. Children from schools will have the chance; to find out about Freel's life and work through his biography and family tree, to design their own medal, to complete word searches and puzzles and to make and test their own model submarine vessel.

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
All events are free, but bookable via email:

19 November 12:30 - 13:15, 20 November 12:00 - 12:45

Unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Cadbury Research Library. You'll visit the reading room, archive strong rooms, the conservation studio and have the chance to see a selection of rare books and archive material.


13 November 13:00 - 14:00
'Unpacking Alma-Tadema's Roman World' by Dr Diana Spencer
This talk accompanies the Cadbury Research Library's exhibition 'Artist in Residence: Lawrence Alma-Tadema' in the Muirhead Tower Atrium (5 November 2013 - 31 January 2014)

28 November 13:00 - 14:00
Early Qur'anic Manuscripts in the Mingana Collection by Alba Fedeli
Alba Fedeli, doctoral researcher in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, investigates how a few early Qur'anic fragments came from Egypt to Birmingham when Edward Cadbury opened a new library for the city in the 1930s.

Glasgow City Archives events

16 November 2013 12:00 - 13:00
Mitchell Library
Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

A Short History of David Hayman (part of the Scottish History Festival)
With comic and broadcaster Bruce Morton and Dr Irene O'Brien. Phone 0141 287 2999.

16 November 14:00 - 15:30
Mitchell Library
Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

What Makes Glasgow Glasgow (part of the Scottish History Festival)
'City of Rebellion', with Dr Catriona MacDonald, Elspeth King, Arthur McIver and Dr William Kenefick.Phone 0141 287 2999.

21 November 18:00 - 19:45
Mitchell Library
Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Your Stories Our History: Show and Tell Evening
What treasures do you keep in your family history kist and what do they mean to you? Share your stories and enjoy other people's family history. Contact us at if you have a story to tell. Or just come and listen, share and enjoy. Phone 0141 287 2999.

EDLC Archives events

11 December 2013 19:00 - 20:00
Brookwood Library
166 Drymen Road, Bearsden G61 3RJ

Free illustrated talk by our archivist on 'Using East Dunbartonshire Archives for Family History'. Email or phone 0141 777 3142

4 November 15:00 - 16:00, 7 November 19:00 - 20:00
William Patrick Library
2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch G66 1AD
Free (booking essential)

Hands-on workshops on 'Poor Relief Records for Family Historians' . Email or phone 0141 777 3142 (booking essential).

Hampshire Record Office

26 March 2014 14:00
Hampshire Record Office
£12, advanced booking required

Voices of the First World War: using archive sources to mark the centenary of the First World War - everything from historical writing to creative artwork. A workshop to showcase our vast range of archive sources and how they can be interpreted creatively and historically to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Derbyshire Record Office events

Derbyshire Record Office is delighted to be taking part in the very first Explore Your Archive week. From 16th to 23rd November we will be hosting a series of events and activities which will inspire people to explore the archives held at the Record Office.

Join us for our week of exciting Regency themed events, be amazed at what you can uncover and be inspired to find out more…

Exhibition - Turnpikes, Tolls & Terror: travelling through Regency Derbyshire.
An exhibition showcasing original 18th and 19th century records telling tales of turnpikes and highwaymen.
29 October - 4 December
Foyer, Derbyshire Record Office

Writers' workshop: Writing in the Regency
Join author Ann Featherstone in this workshop for budding historic novelists
16 November 09:30 - 12:30
£5, booking required -

Story Box event - Love, War and Ladies' Maids: take part in our archive tombola!
Go behind the scenes to collect your mystery item from our stores, add them to our Story Boxes, and help us uncover the hidden stories in our collections inspired by the novels Pride and Prejudice and Sharpe
22 November 14:00 - 16:30
FREE, booking required -

Family poetry workshop
Create your own illustrated poems in the style of the romantic poets
FREE, drop in

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives Open Day

16 November 2013 11:00 - 16:00
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

You might already have explored our extensive selection of historical photographs or the diverse range of beautiful maps in the local history library, but have you ever examined a parchment property deed from the Georgian era, perused a local community activist's personal correspondence, consulted a bound volume of Victorian committee minutes or listened to a Somali ex-seaman's oral history recording from our archive collections?

As part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign we will be holding a free Archives Open Day here on Saturday 16 November. The event will include talks by archivists on the value of specific collections for particular areas of research, short film screenings and a display highlighting the value of archives to individuals, families and communities. It will be held in our ground floor Education Room where a special selection of treasures from our archives will be taken out of storage for visitors to see, hear and touch. So watch this space for more details - you'll be amazed what you might uncover when you Explore Your Archive!

Old Huntingdonshire: Known and Unknown

8 - 24 November 2013
Huntingdon Library and Archives

The Whitney Collection of prints and negatives at Huntingdonshire Archives includes photographs of many Huntingdonshire places, buildings, events and people from the 1860's to the 1920's. Some remain a mystery - come along to this exhibition and see if you can help identify them.

Wandsworth and the World

27 November 2013
Wandsworth Heritage Service
Booking for this event is recommended, please call 0207 223 2334.

Find out about letters and photographs sent home to Wandsworth from all over the world. What would you send?

How Archives Can Inspire Creativity

23 November 2013 11:00 - 15:00
The National Archives, Kew

The day will begin with a session at 11:00 exploring some of the surprising stories in our collection and will culminate at 15:00 with a screening of the winning entries of Files on Film, The National Archives' short film competition for aspiring filmmakers.

Vivacity's Archives Service invites you to delve into a treasure trove

20 November 2013
John Clare Theatre
36-40 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ

Explore your archive and find out about ‘The Story of Garton End' with local historian and user of the archives, Stephen Perry. Entrance is just £1. Display of photographs and documents relating to Garton End, along with the 'Made in Peterborough' story box.

Explore Your Archive Clydebank and Dumbarton

Discovering Red Clydeside in the Archive
19 November 18:30
Clydebank Heritage Centre

Join us on Tuesday 19 November to discover the people and organisations that made Clydeside red. A short talk will be followed by an opportunity to meet the archivist and view some of the archive's political treasures.

The Rise and Fall of the Royal Burgh, 1222-1658
21 November 18:30
Dumbarton Heritage Centre

Join us on Thursday 21 November to trace the history of the Royal Burgh of Dumbarton through the archives. A short talk will be followed by an opportunity to view our recently conserved collection of 16th century royal charters.

Leeds Archive, Happy Birthday Open Day

27 November 2013 10:00 - 16:00
West Yorkshire Archives Service
Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds, LS27 7JQ

It's a year since we opened the Leeds Archive in new premises at West Yorkshire Joint Services, Morley.

Join us to celebrate on our birthday and find out about what we've been doing over the last year. Enjoy behind the scenes tours of the purpose built stores, meet our expert conservators in the conservation corner, see some of our unique original documents on display and even take away an archives party bag!

Booking essential for the tours: 11:00, 13:30, 15:00. 0113 3939788

The Changing Face of Ryde

16 November 2013
Ryde Library,
101 George Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2JE

Find out what life in Ryde was like 100 years ago and discover how the First World War was going to change the town forever.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust open day

19 November 2013

It's a year since we opened the Leeds Archive in new premises at West Yorkshire Joint Services, Morley.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: explore the stories, people and places behind Stratford-upon-Avon at our free museum and archive open day!

The Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust & the WGC Library Local Studies Collection invite people to delve into their treasure trove!

16 November 2013 10:00 - 15:00
The Welwyn Garden City library, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City

Staff from the Local Studies Collection will be on hand to help you learn how to access material from their collection - photos, maps, documents, journals and paper cuttings. The WGC Heritage Trust will have material on display including items relating to it's current Where Do You Think We Worked? project.

Photo: Geoff Lyles & Hilary Davison

Norfolk Record Office

16 - 23 November 2013
Norfolk Record Office

An Introduction to Family History (the Census)
Take your first steps into family history with a free workshop at Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Booking essential: 01603 774740 (this is part two of a two-part course). Tuesday 19 November 10:00.

The Fall of the House of Paston by Dr Jean Agnew
Find out more about the famous Paston family at a free drop-in lecture at The Archive Centre, Norwich, and see our ongoing exhibition 'The Pastons and the Pursuit of Power' celebrating the Paston letters and their Norfolk lives. Tuesday 19 November 13:00.

Ask an Archive Specialist
Have a question about archives, your family or house history research? First-time visitor to the searchroom? Come to our first-come, first-served research clinic at Norfolk Heritage Centre for support. Tuesday 19 November 17:30.

Starting out with house history by Elizabeth Budd
Find out how to begin research into your home and the people that used to live in it at a free drop-in session at Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Wednesday 20 November 12:30.

Name Spotting in Manorial Records workshop led by Frank Meeres
Learn how to find you ancestors in a fascinating, under-used resource, even when the entry is in Latin! This free workshop takes place at the Archive Centre, Norwich and booking is essential: 01603 222599. Thursday 21 November 18:00.

Doncaster Archives and Local Studies Library

16 - 21 November 2013
Doncaster Archives
King Edward Road, Doncaster, DN4 0NA
Telephone (01302) 859811,

A week of events including a display of horseracing documents, maps and photographs will be on show, and a talk by local author Tony Barber will give an illustrated talk on the history of the St Leger at the Central Library in Doncaster on the afternoon of 21 November.

Lancashire Archives

16 - 27 November 2013
Lancashire Archives
Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE
(01772) 53303

What were striking cotton workers eating in 1867? What is the best way to keep yourself beautiful? How do you cook a puffin? Come to Lancashire Archives and find out.

Events include: Saturday 16 November, a new food themed interactive exhibition The Hive and the Basket make its debut at the Ashton on Ribble Farmers Market at St. Michael's Church Hall 9am - 1pm; Lancashire Food Day 27th November 11am - 4pm at Lancashire Archives on Bow Lane Preston.

Shropshire Archives: Window Shopping On The Past

Until 6 January 2014
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Window Shopping On The Past, Shropshire Archives' exhibition of the Victorian photographs of Joseph Lewis Della Porta. Come along and explore the world of late 19th century shopkeepers.

Women in arts and tertiary education

12 November 2013 19:00 - 21:00
Epsom library
Free, tickets required
Book online.

The University for the Creative Arts is celebrating Art Schools at Surrey Libraries (Epsom). There will be a talk from Dr Stephen Knott, on women in arts in Surrey, 1890 - 1920.

Behind the scenes: The V&A Archives

16 November 2013 10:00, 18 November 2013 10:30 and 14:30
Blythe House, near Olympia, West London
Tickets £7.50.
To book contact +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Highlights include an opportunity to see Paul Scofield's Oscar for Best Actor and the recently acquired Vivien Leigh archive, to explore Eduardo Paolozzi's Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth-Century Popular Culture, and to uncover controversial moments in the V&A's history such as the suffragette plots and Saatchi & Saatchi's ‘Ace Caff’ advertising campaign.

‘The best I ever ate’ or ‘good for nothing’?

16 November 2013 14:30
Surrey History Centre
Tickets £5.00.
To book contact 01483 518737 or

Dr Sara Pennell reveals how archive recipe collections can provide a fascinating insight into the food tastes of 18th century England.

Archives of Wells

16 November 2013 10:00 - 16:00
Wells Town Hall, Cathedral and Museum

Find out about your Wells family history, house history or local history! On Saturday 16th November, 10am-4pm, the archives of Wells are coming together for the first time to present special events on three different sites: Wells Town Hall, Cathedral and Museum. Free entry to all events. 'Meet the Archivist' and 'Meet the researchers'.

Witnesses to History: A Century of Waltham Forest Memories

16 November 2013
Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH, 020 8496 4391
Booking for this event is recommended, please call 0207 223 2334.

On Saturday 16 November, the Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop present their recordings at 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm. The Museum's Archives, Local Studies Library and photography collection are open for drop-in visits.

Explore Your Archives in Falkirk

16 November 2013 10:00 - 16:00
Falkirk Archives
Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR

Learn about the Redding Pit Disaster, 1913. Explore the hidden stories of a German Prisoner of War at Castle Rankine. Discover a talented Larbert violinist. Unearth local attitudes to the 1820s Radical Revolt.

Why not visit nearby Stirling Council Archives as well? Open Day on 16 November 10:00 - 16:00

Film: Roads to Africa

22 November 2013 18:00
Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

This fascinating film, made in 1936, documents an expedition to East Africa led by Major Leeson to investigate the bionomics of Anopheles funestus, a malaria-carrying mosquito. Leeson and assistant David Gillett leave Croydon Airport for a ten month expedition to study mosquitoes in Uganda, Tanganyika and Kenya.

Events calendar

The Kaiser's Spy in Scotland

Friday 14 November - Wednesday December 31 2014, Monday to Friday 9:00 - 16:30
National Records of Scotland, HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

As Britain built up its navy before the First World War, German intelligence needed to learn as much as possible about the Royal Navy and its latest weaponry. This exhibition draws on previously unseen documents in the National Records of Scotland to explore the gripping story of a spy who was sent to Scotland in 1912, and how he was snared by the authorities - with the help of his landlady.

The Great War: A Highland Perspective

Glasgow's War
Friday 7 November 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Friday 14 November 2014 14:00 - 16:00

Highland Archive Centre, Bught Rd, Inverness

Come and discover locally held records. Learn how to use the available resources for your research.

Glasgow City Archives

Glasgow's War
Wednesday 5 November 2014 18:00 - 19:30
Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

A talk by Dr Irene O'Brien exploring the impact of WW1 through the city's archives.

City Archives: show and tell event
Saturday 8 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00
Friday 14 November 2014 14:00 - 16:00

Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Come, see and hear about WW1 treasures at Glasgow City Archives, and the stories these tell. Help explore and commemorate the impact of the 'Great War' on the city.

Your stories, our history: show and tell event
Wednesday 12 November 2014 18:00 - 19:30
Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Do you have WW1 treasures in your family history? What do these mean to you? Share your stories and help commemorate the 'Great War'. Contact us at if you have a story to tell. Or just come and listen, share and enjoy.

Conflict Through History in the Collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Tuesday 11 November 2014 10:00 - 15:30
Thursday 13 November
Friday 14 November 10:00 - 11:30

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW

Explore conflict through history in our pop-up exhibition in the Reading Room at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. This free drop-in day will feature displays of archive materials, early printed books and museum objects which represent different wars and conflicts, including the Spanish Wars which raged during William Shakespeare's lifetime, the English Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and the First and Second World Wars. This will be a unique opportunity to get close to letters and diaries from estate collections, early printed books covering the conflicts that were a source for Shakespeare's plays and even a seventeenth-century Spanish rapier!

Join us in the Conference Room at the Shakespeare Centre for a series of special talks about the First World War, Shakespeare and Stratford using original archive documents and objects. Talks will last for approximately one hour, with refreshments available. Booking will open on 14th October 2014.

Please email us for more information

The University of Glasgow and the Great War

Sunday 9 November 12:30 - 14:00
University of Glasgow Chapel, West Quadrangle, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Following the University of Glasgow's Remembrance Service on Sunday 9 November 2014 there will be an opportunity to visit the University of Glasgow Chapel, dedicated in 1929 as the University's Memorial Chapel for the fallen of the First World War.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Chapel and view Glasgow University's Great War: the University Officer Training Corps, the first in a series of exhibitions on the University in World War 1. The current exhibition has been curated by Museum Studies postgraduate student Michael O'Brien.

Project staff and archivists will be on-hand to answer questions and have on display additional examples of First World War related records from the University and Scottish Business Archive collections.

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections

Monday 10 November 2014 14:00 - 14:45
Friday 14 November 2014 13:10 - 13:55

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, Academic Services, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT
Free, booking in advance required

Behind the scenes tour of The Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections at the University of Birmingham, which holds over 4 million archive manuscripts and 200,000 rare printed books.

Past Presidents of the Royal Academy of Dance

Monday 10 November 2014
Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA

The archives of the RAD include past copies of exam syllabi, minutes of committee meetings, prospectuses, course brochures and annual reports alongside various documents, papers and photographs.

Image (left to right): Adeline Genée as the Fairy of Good Fortune in Alaska at the Empire Theatre, 1898. Margot Fonteyn as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, c. 1946. Photo by The Gallery. Antoinette Sibley as Columbine in Harlequin in April, 1959. Photo by GBL Wilson.

An Archival Ambulation

Monday 10 November 2014 14:00 - 15:45
Tuesday 11 November 2014 14:00 - 15:45

Norwich Cathedral
Free, limited places, booking essential.

Starting at Nelson's statue in the Upper Close of Norwich Cathedral, (nr the main Hostry entrance). Take a stroll around Norwich with our guide to discover how some of the city's landmarks - and stories associated with them - have been recorded for posterity in Norfolk's archives. The walk will end at the Norfolk Record Office, where light refreshments will be provided, there will also be a chance to see the original documents highlighted during the walk.Distance- 1.5 miles and will include some steps. Duration - 60 minutes, plus 45 minutes at Norfolk Record Office (times are approx.) For your return journey there is a regular bus service which runs from Bracondale to Norwich Bus Station. FREE, but places are limited, please book by calling 01603 222599

Remembrance Concert / Student Life on the Eve of War Display

Remembrance Concert
Tuesday 11 November 2014 18:15
University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall (QU024), Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4AZ

The University of Gloucestershire will be holding a Remembrance Concert on Tuesday 11th November at 6.15pm in the Chapel of St Mary and St Paul at Francis Close Hall campus. The Concert will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Case studies will be on display of fallen alumni using material from the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Gloucestershire.

Student Life on the Eve of War Display
November 2014
University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall (QU024), Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4AZ

A new Special Collections and Archives display located in the Crush Hall at Francis Close Hall campus detailing life as a student on the eve of the First World War.

West Yorkshire Archive Service - Explore Your Archive!

ArchI'VE Created: Gaskell's Great War Lunches
11 - 13 November 2014
Wakefield College, Margaret Street, Wakefield. 12:00, 12:30.

ArchI'VE Unearthed: A Miner Celebration, NCB Event Day
21 November 2014
Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield. 10:00 - 14:00.

ArchI'VE Discovered: First World War Webchat
18 November 2014
Details 12:30 - 1:30.

ArchI'VE Explored: 1914: A War is Brewing, Leeds Office Open Day
17 November
WYAS Leeds. 10:00 - 14:00.

For more details on any of these events please see our YouTube clip.

Bishopsgate Institute

Monday 10 November 2014
Bishopsgate Institute
Free, online exhibition.

Take an online tour of the A-Z of Bishopsgate Institute Archives with local artists Uddin and Elsey.

Researching your Family History

Tuesday 11 November 2014 12:00 - 13:00
Fusion Screen Gallery, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

Victoria Draper, the Archive Education and Outreach Officer from the Norfolk Record Office, will deliver a talk on family history research. Victoria will use examples from the Colman family and it's workers to illustrate how archivists unveil the past.

Derbyshire Lives through the First World War

Tuesday 11 November 2014 11:15 - 13:45
Derbyshire Record Office, New St, Matlock, DE4 3FE
Free - booking essential

Lunch time talk on the Derbyshire Lives through the First World War project. Discover what's on around the county to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and take a look at some original war time records.

First World War Lives

Tuesday 11 November 2014 14:00 - 15:30
The Compass Lounge at The National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Whether you are interested in war-time lives at sea or embarking on family history research into your seafaring ancestors, drop into this free session in the Compass Lounge at the National Maritime Museum to see some of our rich collection of First World War manuscripts.

Margery Jackson, the Carlisle Miser (1722-1812)

Tuesday 11 November 2014
Cumbria Archive Centre, Lady Gillford House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle, CA1 3AJ

Described by one 19th century biographer as "perhaps the most remarkable character that ever resided in Carlisle", Margery Jackson is best known today as the 'Carlisle Miser, who, when she died in 1812, had a trunk under her bed which contained over 9,000 gold guineas, the equivalent of around £1.5 million in today's money! But her insular existence, her cantankerous personality, her meanness with money and her dishevelled appearance (she is reputed to have worn the same bonnet and coat for the last 20 years of her life) gained her the title "The Carlisle Miser" .

Ordinary people Extraordinary Lives: Arthur Simpson "Craftsman in Wood"

Tuesday 11 November 2014
Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal, County Offices, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4RQ

At Kendal Arthur Simpson is remembered as the "Craftsman in Wood", a Kendal lad from humble beginnings who became a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. As a maker of hand-made traditional wood furniture for the home and church, Simpson's work can be found in houses and churches throughout the country. A selection of original designs and photographs will be displayed in the searchroom from 9.30am to 5pm from Tuesday 11th November to Friday 14th November.

First World War at the National

Tuesday 11 November 2014
1st Floor, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG

Queen Square Library is hosting a display highlighting the treatment of war-related psychogenic disorders at the National Hospital, as well as the wider impact of the War on the Hospital's work and staff. Items on display in the exhibition have been selected from the extensive collection of case notes held in the Archive, as well as photographs and literature from and about the period.

Africans in Georgian London: Cesar Picton and his World in Film and Records

Tuesday 11 November 2014
John Galsworthy Building 3002, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE
Free, registration required

Join us for an evening of film and discussion about the life and times of Cesar Picton (1755-1836). He was brought to England as a gift for a local family in 1761, but rose to become a wealthy and respected gentleman. He remains Kingston's most famous C18th black businessman, where his house is marked with a commemorative plaque, and there will be a wine reception afterwards in the university's Picton room which was named after him.

Rambert Experience

Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 November 2014 9:00
Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PP
Free, but schools must book.

Discover a unique opportunity to explore Rambert's rich history and gain unprecedented access to original archive materials. Key Stage 2,3,4 and GCSE and A-Level options are all available. Follow @rambertdance and find us on facebook

Discover Something New at the Royal Commission's Archives

Wednesday 12 November 10:00 -16:00
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1NJ

Whether you are interested in standing stones, ship wrecks, castles, historic houses or modern architecture, come and find out about the National Monuments Record of Wales, the archives of the Royal Commission on Wednesday, 12 November. Delve into its history and explore the vast range of material held by this national archive. Discover what aerial photographs can reveal and see unique examples from our huge aerial photographic collection - the largest collection in Wales.

London Metropolitan Archives

City Treasures
Wednesday 12 November 2014 12:30 - 13:30
The City of London Heritage Gallery at Guildhall Art Gallery

For the first exhibition in the new City of London Heritage Gallery, there are three short drop in talks based on the archives in the display. Come and see the City's own Magna Carta, some fine images of medieval aldermen and archives of London's response to the outbreak of war in 1914. Hear the stories behind these fascinating items from the archivists who look after them.

Organise Your Family History
Monday 17 November 2014 14:00 - 16:30
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 Booking essential on 020 7332 3851 or via Eventbrite

This session will help you organise and manage your research materials and original documents through cataloguing, labelling and cross referencing.

Bedfordshire & Luton Archives 'At Home'

Thursday 13 November 2014 10:00 - 16:00
Bedfordshire & Luton Archives, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford MK42 9AP

Guided tours of Bedfordshire Archives' home in Bedford will take you behind the scenes exploring how an archive service brings you the archives with which you can explore the past and create things for the future. There will be a chance to:

  • see a selection of the archives we hold - chosen to wet your appetite to make another visit to explore a selection of your own,
  • learn how we collect, preserve, catalogue and store the millions of archives we have,
  • get tips on how to explore the archives from the comfort of your own home via our website,
  • have a cup of tea and a chat and even buy a secondhand book from our booksale.

Image: Picture is of Land Girls 'at home' in a hostel in Potton in 1943.

Extraordinary Lives - Extraordinary Archives

Friday 14 November 2014
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham

Free drop-in lunchtime talks (first come, first served) in our education room.

  • 12 pm The Turbulent Life and Times of Sir William Sharington
  • 12.30 pm A Civil War Story: the Surrender of Wardour Castle
  • 1pm Poetry and Poverty: Alfred and Mary Williams
  • 1.30 pm Gleanings from Wiltshire Parish Registers

The Long Arm of the Law

Friday 14 November 2014 16:00 18:00
Conwy Archives, Lloyd Street, Llandudno LL30 3LL

Stories of justice being done. The petty sessions case papers are a portal into Conwy County Borough in Victorian and Edwardian times. Defendants, victims, witnesses and law enforcers come to life as they give account of events that have touched their lives.You are invited to the launch of our new Story Boxes telling the tales of 10 individuals using the petty session records and our other family history resources.

Behind the scenes: The V&A Archives

Saturday 15 November 10:00 - 14:00
Monday 17 November 2014 14:00

Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, West London
Tickets £10.00.
To book contact +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Highlights include an opportunity to enjoy the splendid Frank Matcham theatre plans, to explore Eduardo Paolozzi's Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth-Century Popular Culture, and to learn about the skeletons that once rattled around in the V&A's vaults.

Image: Selection of toys from Eduardo Paolozzi's Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth Century Popular Culture. Archive of Art and Design, AAD/1985/3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Explore Your Archive Weekend

Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 November 2014 14:00
William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

Ever wondered what treasures your local archive contains? Curious about the history of your house, street or ancestors but not sure how to begin? In partnership with local historical societies we bring you a weekend of free activities to get you started.

Family History in the First World War

Saturday 15 November 2014 14:00 - 17:00
Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JS

Bring your First World War family documents and stories to copy and share on the new Our Warwickshire website, view First World War photographs, newspaper reports, letters and more from our collections, come on a tour behind the scenes.

"Letters Home" World War One exhibition

14 August 2014 - 27 November 2014
Wolverhampton City Archives, Bantock House Museum

Letters Home explores different elements of letters written during the First World War, with displays at Wolverhampton City Archives and Bantock House Museum.

First World War family history

Wednesday 12 November 2014 19:00 - 20:00
William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Thursday 20 November 2014 19:00 - 20:00
Brookwood Library, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Learn how to research your First World War ancestors with this free illustrated talk. Discover the most useful First World War genealogy sources and the stories of local men and women uncovered by our archivist.

Pick up a free ticket from your local library, email, or call us on 0141 777 3142.

Compass Lounge Display:  First World War lives

November 2014 - March 2015
The Compass Lounge at The National Maritime Museum,Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Using items from the Caird Library and Archive and work created by the students of the Holbrook school in collaboration with the artist Rozanne Hawkesley, this display explores the lives of First World War seafarers and how they are remembered today.

Chatsworth in Wartime

April 5 2014 - January 4 2015
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Included with the price of admission to the House and Gardens

This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Objects, archives, photographs and stories will reveal life on Chatsworth estate during both wars. Estate workers and Cavendish family and relations fought on the front line from the Somme to Gallipoli. Life on the home front during the First World War; the impact of the war effort on the estate and the contribution made by women are also shown. A timeline of major international events is contrasted with personal stories from Chatsworth between 1914 and 1950.

The exhibition features a wide range of objects, from letters and photos to uniforms and paintings. Research has been conducted amongst a very varied body of source material. As well at archives here at Chatsworth we have also used material held at local and national archives. This has yielded many fascinating diaries, letters, pamphlets, estate accounts, photographs and other documents.

Conscription and conscience

November 14 2014, 19:00
Uxbridge Library, 14 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1HD

Ben Copsey of the Peace Pledge Union will be talking about conscientious objectors and showing how these are reflected in the local War Tribunal records amongst others.

Falkirk Archives - The First World War

November 15 2014, 10:00 - 16:00
Falkirk Archives, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR
FREE drop-in event

Find out how the First World War affected local people through documents and photographs from the collections of Falkirk Archives. Among the war-time stories to be discovered are those of two young servicemen, Captain James Fitz Morris, ace pilot and Private William Paxton, a former van boy with the local Co-op. Learn about the Belgian Refugees who lived and went to school in a local village and how one local council dealt with food shortages.

Explore Kew's Archives

November 11 2014, 14:30 - 16:00
November 13 2014, 18:30 - 20:00
November 15 2014, 11:00 - 12:30

Library, Art & Archives Reading Room, HLAA Building, Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

During this event you will see a display of original material from Kew’s archive collections, revealing Kew's important and influential history. The archives team will talk about the 'extremes' of botany, including exploring and collecting in extreme locations, and the lengths people go to for plants. There will be an opportunity to look at the material in depth, ask questions, and have a brief tour of the archive stores.

The Friends' Ambulance Unit during the First World War

November 2014 - January 2015
Muirhead Tower, Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

Exhibition of The Friends Ambulance Unit during the First World War, featuring archival material held at the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections.

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Friday 17 October 2014 by Laura Cowdrey

Archives are amazing. Without them we could not study our personal histories or the histories of our communities or nations. There would be no historically rich novels and films. We would know nothing about the lives of our predecessors.

Through the Explore Your Archive campaign (10-16 November 2014) we are inviting you into archives across the UK and Ireland, where the records of your life, your community, your business, your nation and your world are collected, kept safe and made accessible.

We all benefit from archives - often without realising. We want more people to understand and value the richness and diversity of UK and Irish archives. There are so many kinds of archives: in local authorities and governments, in businesses, in schools and universities, in charities, in private houses, in cultural organisations... All playing their part in keeping information safe and accessible.

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