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    Posts from November 2011

    • 29th November 2011
    Behind the scenes… Video tour of our strongroom

    It’s time for another instalment of our behind the scenes tour and this week we are taking you into one of our strongrooms for a peek. Have you ever wondered what we get up to when we leave to fetch a box for you? If so click on the link below to find out: We’ll be back soon...

    • 25th November 2011
    A final farewell to our County Hall branch

    On Monday 14th November, we held an open day event to give our users one last chance to view some of the treasured items from within our collections before we closed for the final time. The day was a big success and people thoroughly enjoyed seeing the documents out on display. ?We had a lot...

    • 22nd November 2011
    Top 10 Archives… No.6

    Number six in our Top 10 most used archive collections are our Quarter Sessions papers. The Worcestershire Quarter Sessions records date from 1591 and include papers relating to crimes such as adultery, prostitution, bastardy, theft, vagrancy and disorderly behaviour. They were held 4 times a year at Epiphany (January), Easter (March/April), Midsummer (July) and Michaelmas...

    • 17th November 2011
    Our last annual stocktaking session at the History Centre

    The last ever stocktaking at the History Centre took place on the 7th and 8th November. This is an annual event which gives staff a chance to catch up on work which will help to improve the service we provide to the public. This year our main focus was to prepare our library stock for...

    • 15th November 2011
    Top 10 Archives… No.7

    Number seven in our countdown of the Top 10 most accessed collections is the collection of Diocesan filing. What is Diocesan Filing? Here at Worcestershire Record Office, we have a large collection of mysterious records often referred to by staff only by their reference number—’the 728s’.  These are the records of Diocesan Filing, popularly known as...

    • 15th November 2011
    Behind the Scenes… the Dark Room

    This week our behind the scenes tour takes us into our Dark Room – the home of our Digitisation and Microfilming team, made up of John and Jonathan. Our Digitisation and Microfilming team, John (back) and Jonathan (front) What is digitisation? Digitisation is the process of creating a digital copy of an item – whether...