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Tuesday 19 May 2015

This blog was written by Steve, one of our Heritage Volunteers

A cold, blustery and damp Tuesday.

The Nottingham CVS research group met at 9.20am at the Nottingham Archives for an exclusive morning of lectures, instruction and tours of the premises.

The morning was well organised, interesting and well paced with a variety of activities that proved both learned and fun.

The activities included traditional lectures about our period of interest and beyond, and further involved the handling of original sources many hundreds of years old, including Nottingham's (not quite original) Town Charter dating from (we think) the 12th century.

Full shelves at Nottinghamshire Archives
A visit to Nottinghamshire Archives

These history lectures were interspersed with more practical instruction tours of the workings of the archives and of the areas usually off limits to visitors such as the restoration room, and of particular interest to me, a refrigerator the size of a living room and even a huge plant room reminiscent of the engine room of an alien mothership (or so I'd imagine).

The highlight of the day for me personally? The opportunity to play with the mobile aisle shelving. So that'll be another item crossed off my (rather sad) bucket list.

You can find out more about looking at original documents at Nottinghamshire Archives here.

Heritage volunteer Liz said of the visit to Nottinghamshire Archives:

"…thanks for organising the visit today to the Archives, it was most impressive and interesting and I picked up some tips for my own family history research too!"


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