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FHF Really Useful Podcast

FHF Really Useful Podcast

The Family History Federation have recorded a series of podcasts:

Cmprising of conversations between a number of Genealogists and Family Historians on a number of interesting subjects 


Released on the last Wednesday of each month starting in September the dates are below


30th September: Occupations

27th October: Identity

24th November: Young People

29th December: Online Events

26th January: Social Media

23rd February: One-Place Studies 

30th March: Newspapers


Our publicity/social Media Officer Margaret Roberts took part in four of these [Young People, Online Events, Social Media and Newspapers], other names include Janet Few, Paul Chiddicks, Mish Holman, Natalie Pithers, Kelly Cornwall, Jane Hough, Mike Ebester, Judith Batchelor, Andrew Martin and Daniel Loftus

The link to listen to the podcasts is ๐Ÿ‘‰

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Enrich your genealogy knowledge anytime, anywhere 


Legacy Family Tree Webinars: the worldโ€™s most popular webinar website for genealogy and DNA testing, where you can freely enjoy a robust offering of live and recorded webinars presented by top speakers 


The site is shortly to undergo a major overhaul - which is explained in an online talk for which you can register - as well as see everything else on offer to watch for FREE - at the link below


'How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on'

'How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on'

Recovering from chemotherapy during lockdown, Stu Prince from Crewe found a new mission - reuniting old postcards he'd found at online auctions with their owners. With one card in particular, he helped revive memories that had been buried for decades.


The postcard had been sent a year after World War Two ended, but it still looked bright and colourful. On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath the heading: "You're one to-day."

On the reverse was a stamp bearing the head of King George, postmarked 27 September 1946. Next to that was an address: Miss F Kaye of 12 Northumberland Mansions, Luxborough Street, London, W1. And there was a neatly written message, too.

"To our loving grand-daughter," it read, "wishing you many returns of the day. And may your future be a happy and peaceful one."


Since he'd begun collecting postcards from online auction sites, Stu Prince, 62, had amassed thousands in the home in Crewe, Cheshire, which he shares with Kim, his wife. But something about this one in particular stood out to him.

He had just started a Facebook page and he posted a photograph of the card asking - more in hope than expectation - if anyone could help reunite it with the one-year-old it had been addressed to. Then he thought nothing more of it.

But not long afterwards he received a message: "I found the baby."


Carry on reading this wonderful story at the following BBC link ๐Ÿ‘‰ 

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932

Find My Past have added England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932


If you have a FMP subscription then these records, spanning 1910-1919 and consisting of a massive 32 million names and 14 million addresses, are now available to search


Use them to trace ancestors, house history and more.


3 quick tips for exploring electoral registers

  1. The entire indexed collection covers 1910-1932, making it a valuable census substitute
  2. Narrow your search by polling district and constituency to pinpoint an address
  3. The codes on the records represent voting eligibility. Youโ€™ll find the meanings on the search page

These newest electoral registers are the perfect precursor to the much-anticipated release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales.

Use them to bridge the gaps in your family tree before the census arrives in early 2022. 

FamilySearch completes digitisation of microfilm collection

FamilySearch completes digitisation of microfilm collection

FamilySearch, the world's largest free family history website, has completed its 20-year project to digitise millions of rolls of microfilm


In 1938 FamilySearch, then known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, began microfilming family history records, including birth, death, marriage, census, immigration and military service records. 

The collection eventually grew to more than 2.4 million rolls.

FamilySearch began digitising the records in 1998.

The project was originally expected to take 50 years to complete, but advances in technology have shortened the timespan by 30 years.

Now, the entire collection, consisting of records of 11.5 billion individuals from over 200 countries and principalities, has been digitised and can be viewed online.

Some of the records have been transcribed and are searchable by name, while others can only be browsed.

โ€œWe hope that all those who contributed to this milestone in the last 80 years feel a sense of humble accomplishment today,โ€ said Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch International.

โ€œAnd we hope the millions of individuals who will discover, gather, and connect generation upon generation of their family members for years to come because of these efforts will have a deep sense of gratitude for the many unheralded contributors who made those discoveries possible.โ€

FamilySearch said it would continue to digitise new family history records through its digital camera operations and partnerships, and would begin digitising the 335,000 microfiches in its collections.

Family History Show Online

Family History Show Online

The Family History Show online takes place on Saturday 25th September between 10am-4pm 


This online event has all the features of a physical show, from the comfort of your own home!

Put your research questions to an expert, watch a free talk, speak to a local society, archive or genealogical supplier.


Of coure FHSC will have a virtual stall at the show - you can come along and chat with us via text or video link

Tickets are still available 

Link to the show for more information and ticket sales here ๐Ÿ‘‰

National Archives Autumn Online Programme

National Archives Autumn Online Programme
The Autumn series of Online talks from the National Archives are now available to book
There are some very special names joining the October and November events programme - scroll down to check them out:
๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง - The National Archives invite online event attendees to pay a nominal fee for their ticket, based on suggested amounts. Paying a fee is optional and entirely at the discretion of attendees. The income received helps to keep the programme going and ensures that they can continue to engage with as many people around the world as possible.
Certain events remain completely free of charge and all events are viewable for 48 hours after the published date and time, which means that attendees who cannot view the live event can catch up at their leisure.
List of talks with links in chronological order
๐‡๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐„๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ: ๐”๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ
Fri, 8 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
Discover a fascinating story of spies, state secrets and the Soviet Union. Members of the Portland Spy ring, a notorious espionage case active at the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s to 1961, Harry Houghton and Ethel โ€˜Buntyโ€™ Gee were far from archetypal spies.
๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ž: ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง
Wed, 13 Oct 2021, 19:30 BST
Cardiff, 1981. A group of women with hand-made banners embark on a march of over one hundred miles to Greenham Common military base โ€“ all in the name of nuclear peace. This protest against nuclear missiles led to the establishment of camps that, for nearly two decades, drew women from all over the world, provided a place for female voices to be heard, and paved the way for future female activists.
๐‘๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐•๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ
Fri, 15 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
Discover stories of the Black British population and their lives within Victorian Britain. Even in recent years, there has been a noticeable lack of progression in Black Historyโ€™s presence in British scholarship โ€“ there are multitudes of forgotten geographies of black men and women within Victorian society.
๐ˆ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐š๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฆ๐š ๐…๐ข๐ž๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐ 
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
London, 1938. Alma Fielding - an ordinary young woman - begins to experience truly bizarre supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor โ€“ a Jewish Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research โ€“ begins to investigate the goings on. In doing so, he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss, and the foreshadowing of a nationโ€™s worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodorโ€™s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed.
๐€๐ง๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž: ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐š ๐…๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฏ๐ž
Wed, 27 October 2021, 16:00 โ€“ 17:00 BST
The Annual Digital Lecture showcases innovative digital research. This year's speaker is Lauren F. Klein, Emory University. As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, asymmetrical methods of application, and unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists, digital humanists, and others who rely on data in their work to ignore. How can scholars, librarians, and archivists intervene?
๐„๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ ๐‘๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ : ๐€ ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐–๐š๐ซ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž๐๐ฒ
Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 14:00 BST
A loving mother. A courageous idealist. The first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder.
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฒ: ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ž (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ)
Fri, 12 Nov 2021, 14:00 GMT
In November 1501, an extravagant ceremony took place that enthralled the nation and altered the course of English history. In an age when public perceptions of those in power were limited to how government touched everyday life, large and lavish state events were a way in which the common people could judge their leadersโ€™ qualities in a very different light
๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Š๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ' ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฌ: ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ฎ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ
Wed, 17 Nov 2021, 19:30 GMT
For centuries, disabled people and their history have been hidden in plain sight. Before the advent of modern medicine, any impairment, disease or frailty was often a matter of life and death. The treatment of disabled people reveals a great deal about periods throughout history and contemporary wider societies

Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures and Seminars from the Royal Historical Society 




Digging up Manchester: Industrial Archaeology and Heritage in the Shock City 

Thursday September 23, 2021 - 5:30 PM โ€“ 6:30 PM BST

Presented by  Dr Michael Nevell, University of Salford. Dr Nevell is a landscape archaeologist with more than 29 yearsโ€™ experience in archaeology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher. His research interests include the archaeology of industrialisation, community archaeology and historic buildings. Dr Nevell has written extensively on industrial and landscape topics and several of his books have won awards from the Libraries Association and the Association for Industrial Archaeology. He is also the Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, and provides support for industrial heritage sites and the organisations that run them, focusing on preserved, publicly accessible sites across England.  

Link for more information and to register ๐Ÿ‘‰



Digital Sources for Womenโ€™s History in The Womenโ€™s Library and LSE holdings
Thursday 23 September, at 2.30pm BST
Dr Gillian Murphy, LSE Libraryโ€™s Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship, will speak on  digital sources for womenโ€™s history in the TWL and LSE holdings.
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month
Thursday 07 Oct 2021 18:00 - 19:15
Nursing often runs in families. Perhaps your grandmother or great-uncle was a nurse. But how would you go about uncovering their nursing stories? Every year in Black History Month the RCN Library and Archive are asked about the first nurses of colour working in British hospitals. The answer is that we only know a few of the many stories of black nurses in British history, from โ€œNurse Ophthalmicโ€ Annie Brewster who worked at the London Hospital from 1881 to 1902 to early registered nurses like Eva Lowe, who joined the nursing register in 1935. Join in to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History (available on BBC iPlayer). From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados. This will be followed by a practical lesson in using nursing registers to uncover your nurse ancestors with Teresa Doherty, Joint Head of the RCN Library and Archive Service. This session is open to everyone, but will be especially interesting to people of colour looking to find out more about the history of their families. Sign up to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

WDYTYA returns in October

WDYTYA returns in October
Breaking news: 'WDYTYA?' will return in October.
[No actual broadcast date given yet]
Dame Judi Dench and Ed Balls are the headline participants with Josh Widdicombe, Alex Scott, Joe Lycett, Pixie Lott and Joe Sugg also taking part
Don't forget that Nick Barratt is the guest speaker for our November seminar - see the Events page on the FHSC website: He will be talking 'Behind the Scenes of WDYTYA'
We couldn't have timed that better! โ˜บ๏ธ

Local Population Studies Society: Autumn Conference

Local Population Studies Society: Autumn Conference

The British Diaspora

This yearโ€™s autumn conference will be on Zoom on the afternoon of Saturday 9 October, with five exciting papers looking at networks and migrations.

The conference is free, but you need to register by email in advance, and the Zoom access codes will be circulated just before the conference. You can find the full programme beow and registration form at the following link -

For any other queries, please get in touch with Karen Rothery at conferences - .



10:30 โ€“ 11:30   Melodee Beals, โ€œOf Cabbages and Kings: The Interplay of Local and Imperial Values in Global News Dissemination, 1840-1860โ€.

11:30   12:30   Andrew Green, โ€œLeaversโ€ฆand the Left-Behindโ€

12:30 โ€“ 13:30  Eilidh Garrett and Kevin Schรผrer, โ€œYou take the high road and Iโ€™ll take the low road. Cross border migration in Great Britain, 1851-1901โ€

14:15 โ€“ 15:15   Paul Howes, โ€œA surname-based lens into the British diasporaโ€                       

15:15 โ€“ 16.15   Katherine Eriksson, โ€œA helping hand in good and bad times? UK immigrant networks in the US during the Age of Mass Migrationโ€.

Cheshire Archives Need Your Help

Cheshire Archives Need Your Help
Cheshire Archives are looking for people to test out a prototype of a new online โ€˜Archive Gemsโ€™ site & then tell them about the experience before they can apply for funding to extend the service across Cheshire.
Choose a session [see link below] & if you have a qualifying postcode then you will be sent links to take part.
You must currently live in Nantwich, Wharton, Sandbach, Bollington, Lache or Malpas.
You donโ€™t know the Archive service very well! (If you do, you can still help โ€“ please ask your family, neighbours & friends who donโ€™t know about archivesโ€ฆ yet!)
Link for more information and to see if you live in a qualifying area ๐Ÿ‘‰

National Archives September Online Programme

National Archives September Online Programme

September Online Events from the National Archives 


Recovery from the Black Death in late-medieval Britain and Ireland
3 September | 14:00
With each new wave of the came fresh modes of thought in Britain and Ireland in the 14th and 15th centuries. In this talk, Paul Dryburgh as he examines how the royal government, communities and individuals dealt with dramatically changing circumstances and how the country attempted to recover from living with the pandemic.

Writing John of Gaunt, The Red Prince: a conversation with Helen Carr
8 September | 19:30
In a conversation with the head of medieval records, Dr Sean Cunningham, Helen Carr will discuss how she pieced together and interpreted the life of one of Englandโ€™s greatest medieval magnates and father of English monarchy.

Recovery and Regeneration after the Great Fire of London (1666)
10 September | 14:00
On 2 September 1666, a fire began in the bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire spread rapidly across the city of London, resulting in the destruction of 13,000 homes, 87 churches, the Royal Exchange and St Paulโ€™s Cathedral. In this talk, Philippa Hellawell explore hows 17th century Londoners recovered from the disaster.

Top Level Tips: Wills and other Probate Records before 1858
14 September | 14:00
Find out how you can use wills, administrations, and probate disputes in your research. The webinar will have a focus on the wills left by people from all around England and Wales which were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1384 and 1858



Click on the following link for full list and then follow the links on that page to book ๐Ÿ‘‰

Free Access Klaxon!!

Free Access Klaxon!!
FREE ACCESS to ALL CENSUS RECORDS right now at MyHeritage! 
In honor of USA Labor Day, My Hertitage have announced that for the first week of September, they are offering access to all census records on MyHeritage for free, from September 1โ€“8, 2021!
The Census & Voter Lists category on MyHeritage encompasses a vast repository of over 1.3 billion records, including census records from the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Scandinavia, and Canada as well as electoral rolls and other records from Australia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Armenia, Greece, and much more.
These records offer valuable snapshots of the lives of people living in these locations throughout history, especially from the 19th century onward. Censuses are particularly valuable in that they can help you watch the lives of your ancestors unfold as they move from location to location, get married or divorced, have children, or change careers. Some of these collections include high-resolution scans of the original records.
Records on MyHeritage are always free to search, but to view the records, you generally need a paid Data or Complete plan. This week, however, all census and voter list records are completely free for all to access and enjoy.

A House Through Time: Series 4

A House Through Time: Series 4

Series 4 of a House Through Time starts next Tuesday [7th September] BBC 2

David Olusoga sets out once more to uncover the history of a single house, exploring the lives of its residents to tell an extraordinary story that spans 150 years.
This time the house is in Leeds, a city whose wool and textile trades helped make Victorian Britain an industrial superpower.
The featured property is 5 Grosvenor Mount, a Victorian family home of middling social standing in the suburb of Headingley.
Current owners Jackie and Pete know very little about the houseโ€™s history, but reveal tantalising clues about its past - from a name scratched into a wall, to a crack rumoured to be caused by an earthquake.
As normal I will be providing a sheet with links to all the archives and record set used and will publish them on our social media feeds and upload them to the website 
Link to BBC website for more information

Latest News on our Research Centers

Latest News on our Research Centers

Mobberley Research Centre & Crewe Family History Unit News 



We expect to be able to reopen Mobberley Research Centre to members on Monday 6th September.

Please phone the centre on 01565 872210 during opening hours before making your journey - for opening hours

Before we reopen we will carry out a risk assessment and  make any necessary arrangements for the safety of our volunteers and visiting members.

We will have hand sanitiser and wipes available for tables and computers.

Please bring a mask with you and, if you wish, disposable gloves.


We are unsure if the kitchen facilities will be open so you may need to bring a drink.

Toilet facilities will be open as usual.

The centre will be kept well ventilated.

The Mobberley Committee and Duty Volunteers look forward to reopening the Research Centre and welcoming members back to continue their research.




The Crewe FHU team are busy preparing the Unit to receive visitors/researchers,  but until Cheshire East Council fully reopen the Municipal Buildings we cannot give a firm date. 

We envisage that an appointment only system will be in place at first.

As soon as any definite news is available members will be updated via newsletter or email

HS2 Seeks Help Transcribing Historic Burial Records

HS2 Seeks Help Transcribing Historic Burial Records


Are you up for a bit of volunteer transcribing? 


The HS2 rail project are seeking members of the public to transcribe over 50,000 records and have launched a new crowdsourcing project to transcribe 57,639 burial records from Londonโ€™s St Jamesโ€™s Burial Ground.

St Jamesโ€™s, an 18th century burial ground near Euston station that was home to 31,000 bodies, was excavated by archaeologists between 2018 and 2019 as part of HS2โ€™s construction.

The St Jamesโ€™s burial records have been digitised on crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse, and volunteers are encouraged to transcribe details such as each personโ€™s name, date of burial, lot and plot number, age at death and cause of death.

Link to the transcription page and more details -


FHSC Seminars

FHSC Seminars

With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions on the horizon many Groups are looking forward to returning to the traditional meeting format at local venues BUT are also keen to carry on with occasional Zoom talks.  During the pandemic the shift to online delivery had the added benefit of enabling many members, from both abroad and around the UK, who would not normally be able to attend meetings, to join in with the activities, feel part of the FHSC community, and add to the richness and diversity Group meetings. 

In order that members should not feel disenfranchised FHSC have decided, in addition to the normal Group meetings, to stage a regular, centrally-organised monthly seminar open to all full FHSC members. Called the Family History Society of Cheshire Seminars these talks will feature well-known national and local speakers addressing an impressive selection of topics related to Family History, from instructional talks on using DNA,  a presentation on the history of the Titanic,  to the more light-hearted with a look behind the scenes at Who Do You Think You Are. To date, we are pleased to announce that, among others, we have booked: Dr Nick Barrett, Mark Potts, Prof Martin Johnes, Dr Michala Hulme, Natalie Bodle, Dr Janet Few, Dave Annal and Prof Rebecca Probert.

These seminars will take place on the third Wednesday of each month and will get underway on 20th October with the inaugural Dorothy Flude Memorial Lecture, delivered this year by Mark Potts.  The seminars will be advertised in the usual way on the Events page of the FHSC website, in the Group News section of The Ancestor as well as on our social media platforms and by newsletter.

The talks will be co-ordinated and hosted on behalf of the Society by Margaret Spate, Jean Laidlaw, and Margaret Roberts.  The Seminars will be run slightly differently from a normal Group Zooms and a newsletter will be winging it's way to members soon with details of how to register for each talk.  It is also important to note that we have a dedicated email address -  - to which any queries or comments regarding the series should be sent. 

The Family History Society of Cheshire Seminars form part of the service provided by the Society to its members and are included within the normal annual membership subscription. Why pay up to ยฃ10 to watch a single โ€˜virtualโ€™ speaker when your ยฃ18 FHSC membership currently gives you at least six Zoom meetings a month and will soon have the additional benefit of our innovation centralised Seminars  - what a bargain!


Margaret, Jean and Margaret



Findmypast Removes International Newspaper Collection

Findmypast Removes International Newspaper Collection

Family history website Findmypast has removed 120 million pages of international old newspapers after its contract with Heritage Archives elapsed.


If you follow the FHSC social media platforms then you will have read about this last week 


Under a contract, signed in 2012, Findmypast made 120 million newspaper pages from the USA, China, Denmark, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa available to its Pro subscribers.

However, from early August reports emerged of Findmypast removing the newspapers without warning.  FMP added that it would not offer a reduced subscription fee but also noted that they are now offering free access to one million pages from their British Newspaper Archive Collection, with millions more to come over the enxt four year. 


Read more at the link below




Updated Open Times for Cheshire Archives & Local Studies

Updated Open Times for Cheshire Archives & Local Studies

New Opening Times for CALS below, including updated restriction/mitigation arrangements 


Monday, closed

Tuesday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm

Wednesday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm

Thursday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm

Friday, closed



  • We have space for four researchers accessing original records or local studies publications per morning or afternoon session
  • We have space for one researcher using a microfilm reader per morning or afternoon session
  • Copying and research service is available if you don't wish to travel to the Record Office
  • Access to staff will be limited and any conversations regarding collections should take place in advance by telephone
  • Visitors to the Record Office are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times
  • Gloves should not be worn to handle documents
  • Social distancing arrangements will be in place

Arranging an appointment

  • If you wish to make an appointment please contact us in advance. We will let you know what time slots we have available or suggest other options for accessing the records remotely
  • If you would like to speak with an Archivist in advance let us know and we will arrange a telephone call

For further details click on the following link to the Visting Us section of the CALS website


Explore Over One Million Historical Newspaper Pages for FREE

Explore Over One Million Historical Newspaper Pages for FREE
Explore over one million historical newspaper pages for FREE on FindMyPast and the BNA

This will be expanded by more than 2.7 million additional free pages over the next four year

There are currently 158 free newspapers on offer, dating from 1720 to 1880 and covering a diverse array of histories, locations and topics.

In order to search these free titles you will need to visit the main search page of the BNA, [ ] or the newspaper serach page of FindMyPast [ ]

and in both cases scroll down to the box on the left-hand side of the page noted as 'Free to View' - check that box and then carry out your seach. 

A link to the blog with much more detail from Find My Past - click on this link