Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

31/10/2004

Archive Awareness Campaign – Whats it about?

Find out if your granny was a suffragette or discover who lived in your house 100 years ago! Fancy chilling out to some 1950s jazz, brushing up on your ‘O’ level Latin or learning how to save that fading family photo? Enjoy a fun event this autumn with Archive Awareness Campaign www.archiveawareness.com and find out what lies inside your local archive.

Led by The National Archives, the National Council on Archives and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Archive Awareness Campaign runs right through the autumn. Hundreds of archives across the UK are throwing open their doors and inviting everyone in to take part in some fantastic events and discover a little bit of their own history.

You can try tracing your family history – a host of experts are on hand to help you get started – or opt for a local history activity – create your own map at Essex Record Office or learn about thieves, con-artists and prostitutes of the past at Tyne and Weir Archive Services. If you are up for an adventure you can travel the world through an exhibition of adventure at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.

Take the chance to discover the weird and wonderful facts from the archives:

Did you know that among its records, Lincolnshire Archives holds a set of five keys to the Ladies Lavatories of the Sands Pavilion built on the foreshore at Skegness in 1914!

To discover more or look for an event near you go to www.archiveawareness.com

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