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Record office projects

We work in partnership with local groups throughout North Yorkshire to develop community heritage projects and formal and informal learning activities.

Heritage projects are a great way for communities to come together to learn about their past, to take part in fun and inspiring activities, to share their experience and knowledge and to develop new skills.

Our recent projects include the Heritage Lottery Funded 'Home Comforts' which researched the history of the 32 Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospitals set up across the North Riding during the First World War. Up to 1,500 beds for the care of wounded soldiers returning from the front were provided in buildings as diverse as town hall, stately homes and workhouses, with local women taking the lead in organising this provision. Project volunteers researched and wrote a 212 page, fully illustrated book telling the story of each of the hospitals and a programme of talks, exhibitions and activities reached over 4,000 people. The project was long-listed for the 2015 National Lottery Awards.

Our latest project, 'Attics and Acres', focuses on the archive of the Graham family of Norton Conyers and is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Friends of the National Libraries and Northallerton and District Local History Society. With the help of volunteers, our project archivist is working to make the archive accessible to all by developing an online catalogue and holding a series of talks, exhibitions and workshops. You can follow progress via the project blog here.

If you would like to discuss setting up a community heritage project then please contact us. We can offer digitisation and conservation services, meeting space, advice on sources of funding and more.

This page was last updated on 23 December 2016