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  • Oxford History Centre - Temporary Closure

    Posted: 31/10/14

    Temporary closure of Oxfordshire History Centre - 25 November to 13 December.

    For those hoping to visit the Oxfordshire History Centre before Christmas, their website has the following notice:

    "Oxfordshire History Centre will be closed to visitors for 3 weeks for the refurbishment of its Reception area and for the essential replacement of air-conditioning units. We will use this opportunity to carry out our annual stock-take, which usually takes place in January and February.

    During this time Oxford History Centre staff will be on duty at Oxford Central Library on Tuesdays 10:30 am to 4pm and Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm

    We will continue to answer telephone calls via our usual telephone number and to answer letters and e-mail enquiries.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this building work causes."

  • Portsmouth History Centre - Temporary Closure

    Posted: 31/10/14

    The Portsmouth History Centre will be closed from Monday 17 November to Saturday 29 November 2014.

    This is to enable the relocation of the City Archive store. No items can be booked for viewing during this time period.

    The Portsmouth History Centre will re-open at 1.30pm, Monday, 1 December.

    We will not be able to produce any original documents held off site during November. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 2 December.

  • Suffolk Record Office - New Opening Hours

    Posted: 20/09/14

    Message received via The Federation of Family History Societies:

    Dear Colleagues,

    We would be grateful if you could advise anyone planning a visit to any of the three Suffolk Record Office branches that we will be introducing new opening hours from Wednesday 1st October 2014. These are:- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30-16.30.

    We will be closed to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays but offering a full archive production service on Saturdays.

    Emails and telephone enquiries will not be answered on Wednesdays as staff will be working on improving catalogue information and digitising material prior to the development of a new website in 2015 which will improve access to online information and archival content. Further details about the background to these changes can be found on: under the paragraph entitled Digitisation of Suffolk's heritage collections.

    Thank you for your help.

    Kate Chantry

    Suffolk Record Office Manager

    Suffolk Record Office

    Culture, Sport, Libraries and Communities Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Record Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2LQ

    Tel: 01473 263913


  • Family History Getaway: Breaking Through Brick Walls (part1)

    Posted: 04/09/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Monday-Friday, 8-12 September 2014, 10:30-17:00

    Spend a week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The SoG is hosting its five-day extensive genealogy programme at its Library in London. This intensive course will concentrate on using techniques and resources, at the SoG and elsewhere, to tackle genealogical conundrums and take your family history further. However, there will be plenty of opportunity to concentrate on your own research as use of the Society's extensive genealogical library is included in the course and there will be opportunities for personal consultations with the tutors and members of the SoG's expert help and advice team. A week-long intensive course, includes a sandwich lunch. A full programme can be found here.

    The course will be led by Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists and members of the lectures and education team.

    Details of the course and how to book your place can be located at:

  • Heritage Open Days NATIONWIDE

    Posted: 04/09/14

    11-14 September 2014 Only:

    Explore heritage sites and buildings that are normally closed to the public or else charge for admission during Heritage Open Days, now in its 20th years. From village gaols to stately homes, there are thousands of places to visit - for FREE

    for details visit -

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