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Temporary closure from Saturday 18 October

User AvatarPosted by Nottinghamshire County Council at 08/10/2014 09:44:25

Nottinghamshire Archives will temporarily close to the public from Saturday 18 October.

This closure forms part of a £2.5m investment project to extend the archives' building and preserve the county’s rich documentary heritage for future generations.

The building is expected to open again in spring 2015. Until then, you can contact the archives service via telephone, email and post. A reprographics service will be available so staff can reproduce copies of documents for the public.

From October 18, you can use the reduced service by calling 0115 9581634, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or by emailing archives@nottscc.gov.uk.

Written requests can also be accepted at Nottinghamshire Archives, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG.

You can also continue to explore local history collections in local libraries which host parish registers and other local history sources.

The archives’ current building in Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, was opened by the Princess Royal in 1993 and is almost at full storage capacity.

The county council’s extension project will increase storage capacity and secure a further 20 years of extra space for historical archives. It will be built to meet new national archives building standards, and the modernised facilities will have an enhanced focus on digital archives.

There will be a new refreshments area, two meeting rooms and exhibition spaces in the new-look building. There will be opportunities to support further the Friends Group and increase volunteering opportunities as part of the refurbished centre.

We apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause.

Nottinghamshire Archives Closure

Posted by Peter Lester at 04/09/2014 16:31:42

Nottinghamshire Archives will close for essential building works from 12.45pm on Saturday 18 October. We will remain closed until spring 2015.

This work will complete the extension to our strong rooms, a new learning space and a refurbishment of our search room.  Check back for more details on our re-opening in 2015.

Changes to Document Production Times

Posted by Peter Lester at 07/08/2014 10:18:33

From 12 August 2014, we will no longer be retrieving documents from the strong rooms at 1.15pm and 1.45pm.

However, we are increasing the number of opportunities to make advance orders during the day:

  • Advance orders placed by 11.45am will be available to view from 1.00pm the same day
  • Advance orders placed by 4pm will be available to view from 9.00am the following day

More information is available on our Visiting the Archives page.

Opening hours in August and September

Posted by Peter Lester at 28/07/2014 16:33:04

Nottinghamshire Archives will be closed on Saturday 23 August 2014.

Due to the Heritage Open Day event on Saturday 13 September the microfiche search room will be open between 11am and 3pm; however, there will be no original documents produced at all this day.  Visitors are, however, welcome to take part in the Heritage Open Day activities on offer: find out more on our Events page. 

Heritage Open Day: Wartime at Notts Archives

Posted by Peter Lester at 28/07/2014 16:27:29

This free event takes place as part of the annual Heritage Open Days event in September.

Nottinghamshire Archives will be marking the centenary of the First World War at the Heritage Open Days this year. 

  • Sign up using original enlistment papers

  • Explore censored letters

  • Find out who survived the war

  • Children's trail of war-time areoplanes

  • Performances of original letters from the Front

  • See a wide selection of images of wartime archives

  • Display marking the Zeppelin raid on Nottingham including the very spot where the bombs fell: now the site of the archives!  

  • See behind the scenes and explore the Archives.

We will be Saying Goodbye to Nottinghamshire Archives before the building closes in the autumn for the completion of our exciting building project and the unveiling of a new-look service next year.

The Heritage Open Day event takes place on 13 September 2014 from 11 - 3.

Find out more about visiting Nottinghamshire Archives.

New events programme

Posted by Peter Lester at 04/06/2014 12:25:06

Nottinghamshire Archives' new events programme is now available for May - September 2014.

Events include:

  • A series of talks and workshops commemorating World War One
  • Tours of the Archives, with an opportunity to find out more about our building project
  • The annual Heritage Open Day.

To find out more, visit our Events page.

Access to Nottinghamshire County Council Historic Records

Posted by Peter Lester at 02/06/2014 11:35:37

Due to works required for the successful completion of our capital project, access to some of our records will be time restricted.

Restrictions apply to the following:

  • Departmental records with references beginning CC/(followed by letters), except CC/SS (Social Services) and CC/NP etc (Police).

Orders placed prior to 4pm on Tuesdays will be fulfilled from 9am on Thursday mornings.

Council minutes, reports and similar materials are not affected.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Archives Car Park to close from 31 March 2014

Posted by Peter Lester at 11/03/2014 10:27:18

We are delighted to announce that work to extend and refurbish Nottinghamshire Archives began on 31 March 2014

From this date the existing car park will close for approximately one year.

The building works are designed to:

  • secure an additional 20 years of extra storage space for unique archival documents

  • refurbish the public areas, including a new refreshments area

  • provide two meeting rooms and enhanced exhibition space.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Find out about your heritage

Posted by Peter Lester at 08/01/2014 12:03:58

Interested in family history?  Want to find out more about your local area?  Keen to explore your heritage?  Then Nottinghamshire Archives is for you!

There are a number of different ways in which you can find out more about the Archives and access our services.

  • If you have a question or enquiry, email us at archives@nottscc.gov.uk
  • We can also provide general advice by phone on 0115 958 1634, though we may ask you to email in if we can't answer your question straight away
  • If you would like copies of documents, find out about the different services we offer on our Reprographic Services pages
  • Our Research Service is available to undertake research on your behalf
  • You can explore some of ourCatalogues online
  • If you own archives you may be interested in depositing them with us - find out more on our Services for Owners of Archives page

And of course we welcome visitors to our public search room!  Find out more, including our opening times, on our Visiting Archives page.


Read our new blog on World War I

Posted by Peter Lester at 16/09/2013 10:32:11

Read our new blog on Nottinghamshire Archives' project From Home to Battlefields of World War I: Nottinghamshire Memorials Project.

In the 1980s Patricia and Maurice Wakefield visited the 
battlefields and cemeteries of Northern France, and this inspired Patricia Wakefield to start researching into local soldiers who fell in World War I.  Over the following years she and her husband made repeated trips to France and Belgium and her research grew into an amazing resource about local soldiers who fought and died in 'Flanders Fields'.

A few years ago Nottinghamshire Archives was fortunate to be offered the documents as a deposit, and with the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now able to catalogue and preserve this unique collection of documents and photographs.  Our project involves a team of young volunteers who will not only work with the records but will also learn more about the war and its affects.

Our blog provides the latest updates on this project.

Explore our new Royal Exhibition

Posted by Peter Lester at 14/08/2013 15:48:27

Celebrating jubilees, coronations and visits

In 2012 and 2013 the country celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the anniversary of her coronation. 

Our new exhibition showcases pictures and images which show how the people of Nottinghamshire have celebrated previous royal jubilees, coronations and visits to Nottinghamshire.

Find out more on our Online Exhibitions page.

Extension to Nottinghamshire Archives

Posted by Peter Lester at 08/08/2013 11:05:00

£2,568,000 capital funding has been provided by Nottinghamshire County Council to extend Nottinghamshire Archives. This will provide additional archives storage and improved public and learning accommodation. Planning permission has now been granted by Nottingham City Council.

In preparation for the building work to commence, the Car Park will close to the public and staff at a date to be confirmed in the very near future.

During the building work there will be periodic restrictions on access to collections and at the end of the programme a full temporary closure of Nottinghamshire Archives.  When more information is available, these dates will be published in the Archives search room, in our email newsletter and on our web pages.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New collections available

Posted by Peter Lester at 07/08/2013 09:00:39

Catalogues for the following collections are newly available on Nottinghamshire Archives' online catalogue:

District Council Records 

  • Building plans submitted for planning permission to Bingham Rural District Council, c 1902 - 1974 (DC/BI/4/1)
  • Building plans submitted for planning permission to Huthwaite Urban District Council (formerly Hucknall Huthwaite UDC), 1883 - 1935 (DC/HH/3/1)

Deposited and purchased documents

  • Notts County Football Club programmes and fixture lists, 1978 - 1994 (DD/2702)
  • A product catalogue for Worthington-Simpson Ltd of Newark, water pump manufacturers, 20th century (DD/2705)
  • Nottingham and Retford theatre programmes, 1952 - 1976 (DD/2706/1-10)
  • John Heath Tilford of Newstead, funeral director: ledgers, 1893 - 1975 (DD/2710)
  • Additional papers of the United Charities of Abel Collins, 1894 - 2002 (restricted access) (DD/AC)
  • The Henry Rowlinson Collection, relating to Willoughby on the Wolds, 19th - 21st centuries (DD/HR)
  • Newsletters, minutes and annual reports of the Thoroton Society, 2010 - 2012 (DD/TS/56-58)
  • Diaries of Reverend Newton Heelas, curate of All Saints church, Nottingham, 1891 - 1894 (DP/102/1-3)
  • Stock book of Beggarlee and Strelley collieries, 1830 (DP/103/1)
  • Correspondence between Dame Laura Knight and Major Peter Casson, 1961 - 1969 (DP/105)
  • The archive of Thomas Cecil Howitt, architect of Nottingham, including ledgers, technical documents and photographs, 1914 - 2003 (DP/TH)

Nottingham City Council records

  • Electoral registers, 1991/2 - 2000/1 (CA/TC/3/145-9)  

Probate records

  • Wills, inventories, bonds and associated papers of over 32,000 people proved at the Exchequer Court of York: Nottingham Archdeaconry Court, 1589 - 1858 (PR/NW)   

School records

  • Admission registers and log books for schools throughout Nottinghamshire, 19th - 21st centuries (restricted access) (S/A and S/L)
  • Henry Mellish School, Nottingham, Old Boys' Association records, 1947 - 1951 (DD/2707)

Explore the online catalogue at nawcat.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

Details of all records currently available on the catalogue are available on our Catalogue Coverage page.

Wills and Inventories at Nottinghamshire Archives

Posted by Peter Lester at 06/08/2013 12:29:39

Wills and inventories are useful resources for researchers.

  • Family historians can find out details of descendants and kin
  • Local historians can find information on status, property and wealth
  • Inventories can provide details of furniture, goods and possessions, including crops and animals
  • Wills can provide glimpses of religious belief and attitudes to death
  • Wills were proved in church courts and provide evidence of their activities.

Nottinghamshire Archives holds a huge number of wills proved before 1858. The catalogues for many of these can now be searched on our online catalogue. These include wills proved in the following church courts:

  • Exchequer Court of York: Nottingham Archdeaconry Court, 1589 - 1858 (PR/NW)  Over 32,000 people are included in these records
  • Southwell Peculiar Court, 1506 - 1857 (PR/SW) and probate registers, 1530 - 1839 (PR/SR)
  • Mansfield Peculiar Court, 1640 - 1857 (PR/MW)
  • Manorial Court of Dale Abbey, 1753 - 1896 (PR/D)
  • Manorial Court of Gringley on the Hill, 1761 - 1855 (PR/GW) with 98 wills included on the manorial court rolls of Gringley, 1659 - 1775 (DD/P/14)
  • Manorial Court of St John of Jerusalem (Shelford St John's), 1646 - 1791 (PR/JW)
  • Ossington Manorial Court (copies), 1607 - 1792 (PR/OS).

If you find details of a will from our catalogue, please email us at archives@nottscc.gov.uk and we can provide a quote for a copy.  You will need to tell us the name of the person whose will you want, the date it was proved, and where they lived.  All of this information is included in the catalogue.  Please note that many wills have seals attached to them, and can therefore only be photographed.  You can find out more about our reprographics services online.

Looking for a will proved after 1858? Get in touch and we can provide advice on the National Probate Index and obtaining copies of more recent wills.

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