|The Leicestershire and Rutland Records Office|
The office is an old Victorian School House, quite appropriate for the collection of so many historical documents. Jenny Moran, the Senior Archivist, gave us an introduction followed by a guided tour. The place is packed from floor to ceiling with scrolls, maps, photographs, letters, wills, not to mention shelf after shelf of books packed with names, addresses, jobs, the list is endless. It was a fascinating experience. We were even taken into the private area, where documents are stored at about 14 degrees to prevent damage, and the vast shelves are moved to and fro by means of a hand-controlled wheel.
|Jenny Moran showing us one of many sets of shelving packed with documents|
|As Jenny said, there's always someone who can't resist turning the wheel to move the shelf|
For the second part of the morning we considered a selection of photographs of possible headstones for research and our brave volunteers launched enthusiastically into their work.
Will they find out about exciting life stories and produce evidence of what life was like in early 20th Century Leicester?
We hope so. Watch this space!
Apologies if I have not visited your blog or been on Twitter this week. A young and very dear friend died suddenly on Monday and it has been a particularly difficult time.