Tag: Documents

Ware and tear – The challenges of cataloguing a large solicitors archive

This week I wanted to share the journey of one of our archive cataloguing projects and how we made a 78 box collection accessible to the public for the first time. Our volunteers work incredibly hard and you've heard from and about them in our earlier blog posts and on social media. They dedicate their … Continue reading Ware and tear – The challenges of cataloguing a large solicitors archive

The Community archive collections are coming!

January 5th is fast approaching and the whole team is busy preparing York Explore for opening. Right now a team of library and archive staff are hard at work stocking the shelves and preparing archive collections. Preparing the archives has been a process that Francesca, Georgie and I have been working on since August and … Continue reading The Community archive collections are coming!

An archaeologist in the archives

Hello! I’m Francesca - the new Community Collections Assistant working on the York: Gateway to History project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For the next six months I will be working alongside Sarah (Community Collections and Outreach Archivist) where I will be making a start on cataloguing our community archive collections whilst also identifying … Continue reading An archaeologist in the archives

Lucky Dip #7 – Debtors’ Account Books

It’s time for another Lucky Dip! Aisle 7 contains various types of court records, which have been catalogued under the “F” class. Court records are not part of my cataloguing project, but have a place in the new structure that they will be put into later. I selected this box off the shelf... “Debtor’s Prisoners Account books.” At first glance … Continue reading Lucky Dip #7 – Debtors’ Account Books

Lucky Dip #5 – Chamberlains’ vouchers 1799-1801

Time to kick off the new year with a brand new lucky dip. Aisle 5 now, which consists of documents packaged in archive boxes, rather than loose on the shelves (hurrah)! Here’s the one I picked, with a mysterious temporary label that says “CV – Vouchers 1799-1801.” Opening it up, we see bundles of paper receipts, in … Continue reading Lucky Dip #5 – Chamberlains’ vouchers 1799-1801

When a ‘tache was for life, not just for Movember

It’s that time of year again when family members, colleagues and friends cast aside their regular grooming habits in aid of mens' health charities and grow a moustache for Movember. This spectacular seems to be growing in popularity every year, offering men carte blanche to experiment with their facial hair without scaring off their nearest and … Continue reading When a ‘tache was for life, not just for Movember

Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains’ account books 1666-1679

Aisle 4 contains some of our older civic records. Let me introduce you to Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains' account books 1666-1679 [CB 26]. The Chamberlains kept the official City accounts, and the post goes back at least as far as 1290 in York. We have two major series of their records, known as the Chamberlains’ … Continue reading Lucky Dip #4 – Chamberlains’ account books 1666-1679

Lucky Dip #3 – Emergency Feeding Committee 1941-1946

Welcome back to the blog and part three of my lucky dip experiment, thanks for your feedback – I’m glad they’re proving a hit. Onto aisle three, this time my eye was caught by a scruffy, hand-inked red spine labelled “Emergency Feeding”. This sounds suitably bizarre, so here we go. It is another minute book, (we … Continue reading Lucky Dip #3 – Emergency Feeding Committee 1941-1946

Lucky Dip #2 – Fire Service and Licensing Committee 1965-1974

Hello and welcome to Lucky Dip #2 – after the success of Lucky Dip #1 I have high hopes for this next one. Now, aisle 2 is also full of minute books like the first. As we had an older record last time, I looked for something a little more recent. Here we are: Fire … Continue reading Lucky Dip #2 – Fire Service and Licensing Committee 1965-1974

Lucky Dip #1 – Market Committee minutes 1827-1828

Welcome to the first of my lucky dip posts. The aim is to pick an item off the shelves and find out what it has to offer, to show that civic archives are always interesting – even when you might not expect it! So here we are with Strongroom 1, Aisle 1, which mainly consists … Continue reading Lucky Dip #1 – Market Committee minutes 1827-1828