Lancashire Record Office News From the Archive January 2004 by dfhercbml


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									            News from the
                              Edition 22, January 2004

            Lancashire Record Office’s Newsletter

Happy New Year to all our users
In the Lancashire Record Office we have plenty to look forward to in 2004

♦ Saturday Opening
From 10 January we will be open on one Saturday each month. We will be monitoring this
closely and if it proves popular we will try to make it a more permanent arrangement. We will
also be monitoring the numbers of people using the Record Office on Tuesday evening to
see if Saturday opening has an impact on user figures for our late night opening.

♦ Help for new users
We have arranged more Getting to Know the Lancashire Record Office sessions for the first
part of the year
To book, collect a form in the Record Office or telephone Sandra Porter on 01772 533027

♦ User Focus Groups
      •   Thursday 25 March, 2.00pm
      •   Saturday 10 July, 12.30 – 2.00pm
      •   Tuesday 21 September, 2.00pm

♦ Local History Month – May 2004
Watch out for information about special events and activities in local libraries
and museums as well as the Record Office

♦ New handlist of Church registers
A replacement for Finding Folk is in progress and will be available online as well as in hard
copy format
In the last month, the archivists have produced the following full catalogues (please see
the catalogue binders for more details):

DDHH1        Harrison and Hall of Lancaster, land and estate agents and surveyors:
             sales particulars 1784-1975

P 156        Deeds of Whittle-le-Woods, Woodplumpton and Carleton 1400-1638

RCPE         Preston, St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs RC church
             records, 19th-20th century

SMWA 6       Bamber Bridge Methodist Primary School: log books 1968-2002,
             admission register 1980-93

SMWA 7       Bamber Bridge St Saviours CE Primary School: log books 1870-1994,
             admission registers 1880-1998, punishment book 1954-61, list of staff

In addition all uncatalogued deposits for the following Anglican parishes have now been

Whalley (PR 3196)

Winmarleigh (PR 3249)

and work has started or is ongoing on these collections:

ARR              Archdeaconry of Richmond Court records
CBBU             Burnley Borough Council records

                                   One sad event early in 2004 will be the retirement of
                                   Colin Duffield from the searchroom team. Colin is
                                   almost the longest-serving member of the Record
                                   Office staff and will have worked here for 25 years at
                                   the end of January.
                                   His knowledge of the searchroom library, police and
                                   military records as well as vehicle licensing records
                                   is unrivalled, but he is leaving us excellent finding
                                   aids in the form of the recently completed Police
                                   Index and various handlists.

                                   We wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement.
           Archives and the Regional Referenda
Many of you will be aware that a Referendum will be held in North West England
(including Lancashire) in the autumn of this year to determine whether there is
public support for the creation of a Regional Assembly. You may also know that if
an Assembly is to be established, the Government feel that there will also need
to be further changes to local government structures, with the main change being
that areas where there is at present two tiers of local government - county
councils and district councils – will be reorganised into new single tier authorities.

Outline proposals have been prepared by the Boundary Committee and suggest
possible new authority structures for Lancashire, including options which would
result in the creation of authorities smaller than the present County. However the
Committee does specifically recognise that certain “small scale but important
functions such as trading standards, archive provision and emergency
planning” will require the new authorities “to work together closely to ensure that
specialist expertise is not unnecessarily broken up and that existing levels of
efficiency and effectiveness …..are maintained”.

The outcome of the process is still far from clear. If there is no support for a
regional assembly then there may well be no changes to local government
structure. However, users of the Lancashire Record Office or of other record
offices in the region, may feel it appropriate to write to the Boundary Committee
to express their concerns about future archive provision if changes in structure
are made, to suggest that there should be a requirement that proper
arrangements are made by the new authorities.

The Boundary Committee has asked for any comments to be made to them by
23 February 2004.

This can be done online at where full details
of the reorganisation proposals can be found.

Alternatively you can write to


Bruce Jackson
County Archivist
Why not make a resolution to do something different in 2004?

♦ Consider joining our groups of will-flatteners each Monday or
  Wednesday morning. Learn new skills and make new friends.

♦ If you prefer to work at home and have a computer with an Access
  database we have lots of information on index cards which you could
  help to input.

If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers, please contact Anna Watson on
01772 533031.

      Searchroom news                                   Staff changes
                                                On 5 January the Record Office will
If you have a few loose papers, pencils, a      have a new archivist to replace Jan
locker key, etc which you need to bring         Hargreaves who moved to the
into the searchroom please ask for one of       Museum of Science and Industry in
our new zipped wallets when you sign in.        October. Vicci Turrell will join us
                                                from the East Riding Archives
We hope that the clear plastic wallets, as      Service in Beverley.
used in Cheshire and Chester Archives,
will make it easier for users to bring in       Colin Duffield is retiring at the end of
items which are essential for their             the month after 25 years service.
research while maintaining our high
levels of security.                             Two new temporary staff will work on
                                                Saturday. They are Kate Newman
The wallets should be handed in when            and Dave Gorman.
you leave.

                         County Archivist: Bruce Jackson
                              Lancashire Record Office
                                      Bow Lane
                                       PR1 2RE
                                  Tel: 01772 533039

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