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The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script

The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script

The story behind our much-loved audio play, now available as a podcast It is the summer of 2019 (i.e. a lifetime ago!) and we have asked a local scriptwriter, Paul Birch, to come and view a sample of items from York’s civic archives. Laid out on the table are a selection of records, but Paul … Continue reading The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script

“Our Letters Keep Us Very Busy.” 19th-Century Family Newspapers and How to Make Your Own

“Our Letters Keep Us Very Busy.” 19th-Century Family Newspapers and How to Make Your Own

The mainstream news circles endlessly around the covid-19 pandemic. Our own movements, interactions, and activities are severely limited. Sometimes the days just seem to roll into one. So how can we find ways to delineate the hours and keep track of them? Is there a way to share our news with friends and family beyond … Continue reading “Our Letters Keep Us Very Busy.” 19th-Century Family Newspapers and How to Make Your Own

Trainee Thursday: Bridging the Digital Gap.

Trainee Thursday: Bridging the Digital Gap.

In 2018, The National Archives launched the first cohort of Bridging the Digital Gap (BDG) trainees. The traineeship was developed to address a skills gap in the sector, but also to contribute to something more ambitious: the vision of a disruptive digital archive...

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

Action packed boxmaking

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

Archive volunteers needed!

Archive volunteers needed!

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!