Delve into Selby’s history at library archive event

Selby library will open a window onto the history of the town when it hosts an Access Our Archive event on Thursday, 24 October, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

interior of Selby library

The library houses collections that cover the rich history of the town, including an extensive archive of the Selby Times on microfilm from 1860 to 2014; an intriguing photography collection including photos of elephants in Wide Street when the circus came to town, the floods of 1947 and the Abbey fire of 1906; pamphlets and curios and an excellent collection of books.

The knowledgeable library team will be on hand to help visitors explore the archive, and there will be an opportunity to ask the library’s family history volunteers about getting the most out of online research tools Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com, which are both free to use at the library.

Visitors can also meet an archivist from the County Record Office, who will have materials relating to Cochrane’s Ship Yard and Selby Abbey as well as general information about the County Records Office. Visitors will also be able to tour the library’s local history storage area.

Tickets cost £2.50 each and include refreshments. For more information or to book, contact Selby library.

This story was published 17 October 2019