Volunteers give up their time to help out at the Record Office for around 3 hours per week each. We have a team of around 20 volunteers. They are all people who have an interest in history and the CRO. They do a variety of much needed work for us, eg: helping the public, for example, providing a ‘hand holding’ session for half an hour or so to familiarise new family historians with internet sites such as Ancestry.com and other sources available at CRO. Retro-conversion – helping to add to our on-line catalogue ‘WARLOCK’ (we currently have around 12% of our records listed on our electronic catalogue) Helping our conservation team with tasks such as book cleaning, book binding, etc Using historical knowledge and photographic interests to help catalogue our photographic collections All duties given to volunteers are based on their personal interests, expertise and abilities There is also a strong social side to our volunteers – the picture shown here is from our Volunteers BBQ in July 07
Family history has always been an interest, but we have seen a surge in family historians ever since programmes such as BBC’s ‘Who do you think they are?’ We also have a wealth of documents that are of use to house historians, or historians researching their local community. Students and school children might also use us for study purposes (eg, many local secondary schools research Great Fire of Warwick) – or their teachers will have used us to prepare resources for them But we are also of use for the ‘here and now’ – solicitors often use us to look at old maps to resolve boundary disputes, or other local searches carried out in day to day conveyancing. Archaeologists looking for historical information on the site of a dig (eg, Buried under Bidford project) District Council engineers looking for the route of an old sewer might consult us County Council conveyancing section may come to seek the terms upon which the site of a now disused school was originally given, for example. Members of general public may contact us under the FoI act re: tracking down copies of coroners’ reports, adoption certificates, medical records, etc
One volunteer is worth ten pressed men – Discuss!