Saturday 16 September marks unique opportunities, free of charge, to discover what goes on inside The National Archives. "Behind the scenes" tours are among the events planned for that day. Specialist talks, treasure trails and displays will chart the history of the Public Record Office when it was at Chancery Lane, as well as in its current home at Kew.
Red-hot lobbying by family historians and others has halted a plan by Northamptonshire County Council to cut free afternoon access to its record office and impose sky-high charges for much of the week. But there may be more trouble ahead.
"Qisetna: Talking Syria", a well-presented collection of stories by Syrians and people closely connected with the country, has received awards from the Community Archives & Heritage Group. It came first in the "Most Innovative" category and is also the overall "CAHG Group of the Year". "Talking Syria" has much to offer us, including those without personal links to that part of the world.
With the help of funding from FFHS, the National Archives has updated the Manorial Documents Register for Northamptonshire. The Register for this and most other counties in England & Wales is now easy to search online. It reveals the contents and locations of a vast range of sources that can help us find out more about our forebears. An overview of the documents involved can be seen on the TNA website.
Many of us have made discoveries in microfilms at a FamilySearch Centre. The microfilm service will come to an end on 31 August, as most of the images are now available online with more to be added soon. The Centres will remain open, offering free access to the online images and to other resources, as well as advice from the volunteer staff.