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Research and history

The history we hold here is far more than the dates of monarchs and battles that you may have been taught about at school. It's a wealth of fascinating detail of the lives of the people and places in Northamptonshire and beyond. 

Every day at the Northamptonshire Record Office someone uncovers a detail that may not have been seen for hundreds of years.

Iron gall ink is the distinctive brown-looking ink you'll see on many - perhaps most - pre-19th century documents. Sometimes, if the proportions of t...

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Robert Baden Powell was born on 22nd February 1857 - his bIrthday became "Thinking Day" for the Scout and Guide movement. This picture is thought to ...

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Today we have another Great Seal to show you. This one is the seal of Henry IV, and is on document SS395. The document itself is also interesting - ...

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Photos from Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service's post

Dippy the Dinosaur is on tour, so we wondered what fossil-related items might be hiding in the catalogue. We found this letter from Lady Lilford in 18...

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Photos from Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service's post

Today marks 100 years to the day of Royal Assent of the Act which gave some women the right to vote. One of the most famous Suffragettes was Emily Wi...

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