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Today, Francesca discusses the work we've recently been doing on our Uncovering York's Sporting Heritage project... For many of York’s residents, men and women, young and old, the thrill of being in the crowd at Bootham Crescent and cheering on York City’s ‘Minstermen’ has been one of the defining experiences of York life. From the … Continue reading Uncovering York’s Football Heritage: A Look through the Archive
Meet Francesca, Archives Intern on our current project, Uncovering York's Sporting Heritage project. Today she talks you through what we have been up to so far, what's still to come, and how you can get involved... For many of us, sports provide some of our fondest memories. Playing games with friends and family as a … Continue reading Uncovering York’s Sporting Heritage
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Read about some of the fascinating research being carried out on our recently catalogued Poor Law records...our guest blogger from Clements Hall Local History Group tells us about their project. What was it like to be poor in 19th century York? Clements Hall Local History Group is using recently catalogued Explore York Poor Law … Continue reading
Hello all, As we near the end of conserving the Poor Law Union and Workhouse Records, I have been busy completing the final lot of repairs to especially damaged material and creating bespoke boxes. Today I thought I would share how I've been making the enclosures. Around fifty of the Poor Law Union volumes are too large, too … Continue reading Action packed boxmaking
This month we have a post from the newest Past Caring team member: our fantastic Erasmus intern from Spain... Hello everybody, I’m writing on this blog to introduce myself as the Erasmus intern who will be working at York Explore Library and Archive during the following months. My name is Carlos Parra and I am a graduate … Continue reading Initial impressions…
We have a new opportunity to volunteer with our fabulous Past Caring archives project at York Explore. You will be helping us to catalogue and conserve York’s healthcare records dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with original archives in a friendly group environment. Volunteers for this … Continue reading Archive volunteers needed!
Throughout the Past Caring Project we’ve often mentioned the term red rot as a major part of the collection’s conservation issues. As I’ve recently completed consolidating one hundred degraded leather bindings of the Poor Law Union and Workhouse collection, it feels like a great time to write a post on the topic. However foreboding the name, red rot … Continue reading Conquering the Dreaded Red Rot
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Teesside Archive in Middlesbrough and speak with conservator Helen Kendall (ACR) about some conservation/preservation techniques, as well as have a tour of the building and archive store. I’d been having several practical issues while consolidating degrading leather bindings of the Past Caring Project. Some of the bindings are … Continue reading A Visit to the Teesside Archive