Weekly round-up: Explore Your Archive week gets underway

By Jon Bauckham, 13 November 2014 - 5:14pm

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Over 200 archives, museums and record offices across the UK and Ireland have been celebrating the second annual Explore Your Archive week. First held in November last year, the initiative – led by The National Archives and the Archives & Record Association – aims to raise awareness about the value of archives to society and encourage more people to use them. Since its launch on Monday 10 November, the 2014 campaign has seen participating archives open their doors for an array of events including behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and exhibitions. To find out what’s taking place near you, click here.
 

Millions of medal records hit Ancestry.co.uk

More than six million First World War records have been digitised and made available online for the first time. Genealogy website Ancestry.co.uk has launched the WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-20 collection, providing details of all men and women who received campaign medals for their wartime service. Fully searchable by name, regiment and regimental number, the documents were previously only accessible in person at The National Archives (TNA). Read our full story here.
 

Pembrokeshire records join Deceased Online

Thousands of Welsh burial and cremation records have been uploaded to the web. Deceased Online has added scans and transcriptions for 11 cemeteries and crematoriums managed by Pembrokeshire County Council, including sites in Narberth, Pembroke and Haverfordwest. Providing details such as name, age and date of death, the records span over 130 years, with records from Llanion Cemetery dating back to 1869 and Rosemarket Cemetery as recently as 2004. Search here.
 

University archive scoops volunteering award

A university archive has picked up a top accolade for its work with the local community. The University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth was presented with the 2014 National Archive Volunteering Award earlier this month for its ‘Connected Catalogue’ project, which saw students and people with disabilities help catalogue items and put on exhibitions. The full story can be found here.

 

This week's family history deals

The lovely people at Cassini Maps are offering all of our newsletter readers an EXCLUSIVE 30% OFF everything on their website until midnight on Sunday 16 November.

It’s a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas presents from personalised mugs and jigsaws to railway maps and historic London maps. You can also treat yourself to an Old Parish Map based on the Ordnance Survey County Series using the parish boundaries from the 1911 census.

To take up this fantastic offer, visit www.cassinimaps.co.uk and use the code who30 at the checkout.

 

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