03 November 2014

Northamptonshire County Council is inviting people to find out more about their history as part of the Explore Your Archive campaign.

The council’s Archives and Heritage Service has thousands of items stored in its archive, including unique documents, rare journals and fascinating paper cuttings about the history of Northamptonshire and the people who lived here.

The Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service holds artefacts documenting over 800 years of the county’s rich heritage and this can be accessed free of charge.

Get involved

The Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service is supporting the national Explore Your Archive campaign, which is launched on Monday (November 10) by hosting a series of events at the following libraries:

  • Corby library – Monday 10 November between 10am and 2pm
  • Wellingborough library – Tuesday 11 November between 10am and 2pm
  • Daventry library – Wednesday 12 November between 10am and 2pm
  • Towcester library – Thursday 13 November between 9am and 1pm
  • Northamptonshire Archives Service – Friday 14 November at 11am – a talk on how to use the archive

Cllr André González de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “There is a wealth of information available within our archive for anyone interested in finding out more about Northamptonshire’s rich history.

“The Explore Your Archive campaign is a fantastic opportunity for people to discover the thousands of documents we have stored. Whether you’re interested in fashion, sport, food or even UFOs, there is sure to be something to inspire you within our archive.”

Northamptonshire’s archive collections include police records dating back to 1840, diaries from soldiers who served in the First World War and burial registers from 1847.

Find out more

The archives service is open Tuesday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 4pm and the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 4pm, and staff are on hand to offer help and advice in using the facility.

To find out more about the Explore Your Archive campaign, visit www.exploreyourarchive.org.