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Friday, 8 April 2016

Folks get the tips to become local history detectives

An event designed to encourage people to research the place in which they live will be held at Pickering library on Saturday, 30 April.

History on your Doorstep, from 10am until 4pm, will showcase the work of local history groups and organisations to encourage and inspire people to delve into the past.

Ryedale Family History Group, North Yorkshire County Library Service and North Yorkshire County Record Office have joined forces to host the event in response to a growing interest in community history.

Peter Braithwaite, of the organisers, said: “History on your Doorstep will demonstrate the huge range of local history that can be looked at, from families, houses and villages or towns and how they developed.

"Our aim is to inspire new groups to set up a project, be it for the local war memorial or as part of a village plan. We are happy to help and the day will be an excellent opportunity to chat to other groups and attend some informative talks.”

RESEARCHING LOCAL WAR MEMORIAL
There will be displays and information stands by local history groups and organisations which can offer help and advice on subjects such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Talks are planned for the afternoon, on topics including researching the local war memorial, using online resources, using the record office, setting up a history group or a community archive and funding projects.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information services, said: “We are delighted to be a significant part of this event as North Yorkshire County Record Office holds many original and rare documents that are invaluable to researchers. We also take deposits of documents that we look after for future generations.

"Our library service has a vast range of books and publications on the local area, along with maps and old newspapers.  The libraries offer a treasure trove of local information and our team is on hand to help and advise people and local groups.”

There will also be activity for children about medieval seal making organised by the record office with an opportunity to create their own seal to take home.

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