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Slides for an introductory talk to the west Yorkshire Archive Service with a slant to collections at our Wakefield office.

Slides for an introductory talk to the west Yorkshire Archive Service with a slant to collections at our Wakefield office.



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    Introductory-talk-wakefield Introductory-talk-wakefield Presentation Transcript

    • ‘ Scary, dusty, musty?’ An Introduction to the West Yorkshire Archive Service Catherine Taylor, E-Services Coordinator Wednesday 23 rd March 2011
    • This afternoon
      • Talk a little about me and where an Archivist comes from.
      • Try and answer the question “what are archives?” and “what does an archive service do?
      • Talk a little about West Yorkshire Archive Service
      • Guide you through what to expect when you visit us
      • Very briefly try to give a flavour of some of things we hold
    • How did I get here?
      • Been with WYAS for just over 4 years
      • Graduated from Lancaster University in 1998
      • Various bits of archive experience
      • Formal archive qualification from the University of Aberystwyth 1999-2000
      • Over ten years experience in different archive services – initially in London and then here. First at Wakefield and later as E-Services Coordinator
    • What are Archives?
      • Everybody creates and uses records in the course of business & everyday life
      • A small subset of these records will be worthy of permanent preservation
      • Parchment, paper, photographs, film, electronic records- all are potential archives
    • What does the Archive Service do?
      • Provides secure & environmentally monitored storage
      • Catalogues and indexes
      • Access and advice for researchers
      • Conservation facilities
      Conservation tools Japanese visitors at Kirklees
    • West Yorkshire Archive Service
      • Began as the West Yorkshire County Record Office in 1974
      • In 1986 became part of West Yorkshire Joint Services as part of the Heritage division
      • Funded proportionally by the five district authorities in West Yorkshire
    • WYAS Offices 2 Chapeltown Road Sheepscar Central Library Princess Alexandra Walk Huddersfield West Yorkshire Archives: Leeds West Yorkshire Archives: Kirklees
    • WYAS Offices Prince’s Way Bradford Central Library, Halifax Northgate Halifax West Yorkshire Archives: Bradford West Yorkshire Archives: Calderdale
    • WYAS Offices The Registry of Deeds Newstead Road Wakefield West Yorkshire Archives: Wakefield
    • Statistically speaking…
      • In 2009-2010 we:
      • Said hello to 12,303 visitors
      • Retrieved and issued 22,193 original documents
      • Opened 2,937 items of post
      • Replied to 6,989 emails
      • Answered the phone 14,082 times
      • Accessioned 345 new items or collections = 32m 3
      • Managed to consume well over 2,500 cups of tea and over 1,700 cups of coffee. And incalculable numbers of biscuits and cakes!
    • Opening times
      • Recommend making an appointment
      • Wakefield:
      • Open Monday 9.30 am – 8 pm
      • 2 nd and 4 th Mondays 9.30 am – 8 pm
      • Tuesday 9.30 am – 5 pm
      • Thursday 9.30 am – 5 pm
      • 2 nd Saturday in month 9.30 am – 1 pm
      • For our other offices look at our website www.archives.wyjs.org.uk
      • Or there are some leaflets available at the end
      • May have to press a buzzer to get in
      • Place your coats, bags etc in a locker if one is available
      • CARN ticket scheme
        • Nationwide reader registration scheme improves security for our documents
        • Need identification stating name, address and signature – driving licence most convenient!
        • Cards last for four years and can be used at over 70 archive services in England and Wales
      • Please don’t bring any coats, bags, pens, water, sweets, cough medicine, gum, fruit pastilles, stanley knives (!) into the archive reading room
      Visiting us – on arrival
    • Visiting us – how to order material
      • Check with staff whether anything is waiting for you already
      • Ask a member of staff to give a quick run through of how the catalogues and ordering system works
        • Don’t worry if you find them a little confusing at first
        • Our catalogues are listed to an international standard, so once you have got the hang of it you’ll find them all pretty much the same
      • See if there’s one of our user guides to help you
        • Available from staff at the office or
        • Download the lot, for free, from our website.
    • Visiting us – what format is it on?
        • Very little of what we hold has been digitised – though we are working on that
        • Popularly used records such as parish registers, some electoral registers and Will indexes may be on microfiche –
          • Cuts down wear and tear on the originals
          • Enables us to have copies in more than one location
          • Enables us to provide photocopies without causing damage to the original
        • May also have a transcribed copy or an index, especially of parish registers.
    • Visiting us – Handling records
    • What if I can’t get to the archives?
        • Able to offer ten minute research free of charge so:
          • Get in touch by email, letter, telephone – we don’t mind!
          • Very popular service – main way we have contact with our users
        • 30 minute search service for simple look-ups
        • Research Service for more complex queries also available
        • Just ask us – we’re here to help!
    • Local Authority & Official Records
      • Local Board & Urban District Council pre 1974
      • School records
      • Township records
      • Poor Law Unions
      Workmen’s dwellings at Moldgreen 1913 Huddersfield Union Workhouse
    • Church Records
      • Church of England
      • Wakefield, Bradford & Ripon and Leeds dioceses
      • Nonconformist
      • Methodist
      • Baptist
      • Congregational & Independent
      • Presbyterian
      • Unitarian
      • Roman Catholic
      Dewsbury Parish Church Bastardy Bond
    • Maps, Plans & Surveys
      • Enclosure Awards
      • Tithe Maps
      • Ordnance Survey
      • Estate Surveys
      Austonley Township Map 1801
    • Family & Estate Records
      • Family & Estate records:
        • Title deeds, accounts, leases, maps, rentals, surveys
      • Manorial records
        • Court Rolls/Latin
      Whitley Beaumont Survey Book 1820 Slaithwaite Manor Court Roll 1544
    • Business Records S Crawshaw & Sons, Dewsbury Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries Burdon & Wilkinson, Cabinet makers Huddersfield
    • Clubs & Societies Crosland Hill Knitting Circle 1940 South Elmsall Inner Wheel
    • Countywide Records at Wakefield
      • Electoral Registers
      • Petty Sessions
      • West Riding Quarter Sessions
      • Hospital Records
      • Prison Records
      • West Riding & Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council records
      • Registry of Deeds
      An inmate of Calder Farm Reformatory School
    • The Registry of Deeds in figures:
        • 13,000 memorial volumes
        • 7 million deeds
        • 14 million pages
        • 21,000 deeds registered in the first twenty years of the registry
        • 2.7 million deeds registered in the last twenty
    • Any questions?
      • Preserve the past
      • Serve the present
      • Protect the future