A North Yorkshire archive dating back almost 700 years offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of houses across the county.

To help all those curious to know more about their home – and perhaps to spark new interest – North Yorkshire County Record Office is staging an exhibition and launching an online guide to show people the resources available locally to help them learn more about their home.

The exhibition guides people in their search to learn about their home. It can be a complex study and which of the Record Office’s resources will be relevant depends on the age and location of the house.

“Everybody’s home is unique and each house will have its own story to tell,” said Margaret Boustead, head of archives and record management. “This exhibition is not about country houses or elite residences, it is about everyday homes and what people might be able to find out about them.”

Items from the archive spanning nearly 700 years, from the early 1300s to the 1970s, are on display, including historic maps, architectural drawings, old photographs and property deeds.

A person holding an old map

The exhibition is at the County Record Office in Malpas Road, Northallerton, until Tuesday, 31 January, except between 24 December and 2 January inclusive. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

There will be drop-in sessions on Monday, October 31, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and Wednesday, November 9, from 4pm to 6pm when archivists will be on hand to answer your questions and you can find out where to begin your research.

Read the online guide to researching house history.