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  • Radical Manchester Tour

    Posted: 01/05/13

    People's History Museum: Visit

    Friday, 24 May 2013, 13:15-14:00

    Come along on a tour of our main galleries and discover how Manchester’s radical past sent shock-waves through history. Stick around afterwards to see unique material in the Labour History Archive & Study Centre and go behind the scenes in our archive tour. Part of Adult Learners’ Week. Suitable for adults, Booking advised. Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received.

    Stick around afterwards to see unique material in the Labour History Archive & Study Centre and go behind the scenes on our archive tour, 14.0014:30.

    Tel: 0161 838 9190

  • Royal Archaeological Institute Conference

    Posted: 24/04/13

    In partnership with the University of Chester, the RAI will be holding this year's conference, 'The impact of Rome on the British Countryside', at the University of Chester, Riverside Campus from the 11th - 13th October 2013. Keynote speaker: Professor Nico Roymans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

  • The British Library’s Newspaper Moves strategy

    Posted: 21/09/11

    This information has been transcribed from a news listing provided by the Federation of Family History Societies to which we subscribe.

    Thursday 13 October, 10.30 12.00, St Pancras.

    In 2013 the British Library’s hard copy newspaper collections are scheduled to move from the current Colindale site to a planned Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Future access to the newspaper collection will be via microfilm and digitised copies in a dedicated Newspaper Reading Room at St Pancras.

    Join us for a workshop to provide you with an update on the progress made by the Newspaper Moves strategy, along with a preview of the service currently being developed for St Pancras.

    As a regular user of the newspaper collections, this session will give you the opportunity to give us feedback on the strategy, to help us manage the transition as smoothly as possible and help users adapt to access arrangements in the future.

    If you would like to attend this session please RSVP to

  • A Life Without Work

    Posted: 19/10/10

    The following has recently been issued by Richard Taylor, Archives & Local History Development Manager, Communities & Neighbourhoods, City of York Council, 18 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8ZD.

    BBC2 will be transmitting a two part documentary under the above title at 9:00pm on Fridays 22nd October and 29th October. The documentary marks the centenary of Seebohm Rowntree's 1910 study of unemployment in York.

    This, like his better-known 1901 study on poverty, directly influenced the social policies of the 1910-1914 Liberal/Labour coalition government and laid the foundations for the Welfare State. Given the current debate over the size of the State, the transmission date in the week of the Comprehensive Spending Review announcement is not a coincidence - the programme is made by BBC Current Affairs.

    The first programme, which is the more archive-heavy, concentrates on the BBC's attempts to trace the descendants of the unemployed York families featured in the original survey. The second programme features the stories of people looking for work in York 100 years on, drawing parallels and contrasts with the situation 100 years before.

    The BBC originally made contact with our friends at the York & District Family History Society for assistance in tracking down the families' descendants, as it turned out that Rowntree had used pseudonyms in the published study. This led onto the BBC using the city archives, in particular the Medical Officer of Health archives, to track down one of the families through the child vaccination and slum clearance archives we hold.

    The unexpected outcome was that one of the families concerned turned out to be the great-grandparents of York actor Mark Addy ("The Full Monty", "Robin Hood", and those ubiquitous Tesco ads with Fay Ripley). So, "Who Do You Think You Are" in reverse - they started with a real historical story and uncovered a celebrity as a result!

    It was obvious to us that the BBC were surprised by the amount of information about the lives of ordinary people in a Victorian/Edwardian city archive, and as a result they did a lot more filming and interviewing in the archives than originally intended. How much of this makes it through to the transmitted version we shall see!

  • Somerset Heritage Centre

    Posted: 01/10/10

    As mentioned in a previous Blog posting (3 May 2010), as of 27 September 2010 the new Somerset Heritage Centre on the edge of Taunton is now open. Full details of this state-of-the-art archive facility can be found at:

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