Record Of­fice marks 70 years gath­er­ing his­tory

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

HAMPSHIRE in Winch­ester, how the doc­u­ments can help pro­vide a vivid sense of the past and how that res­onates with the present.

“We would en­cour­age every­one to visit the Record Of­fice, whether it’s for re­search or for at­tend­ing work­shops and events, to dis­cover what they love about Hampshire’s past.”

The Record Of­fice of­fi­cially opened on Oc­to­ber 20 1947 in the for­mer premises of a bank in the city’s High Street.

It re­lo­cated to the county coun­cil’s Cas­tle Av­enue of­fices in 1959, then to St Thomas’s Church in 1972 be­fore mov­ing to its cur­rent, pur­pose- built premises in Sus­sex Street, in 1993.

Un­der the ex­per­tise of archivists, the Record Of­fice of­fers free on- site and on­line ac­cess to fas­ci­nat­ing items, in­clud­ing Poor Law records, ti­tle deeds, maps, pho­to­graphs, diaries and par­ish reg­is­ters – all stored in cli­mate- con­trolled strong rooms.

Wes­sex Film and Sound Archive, which is also based at the Record Of­fice, brings his­tory to life through 38,000 vis­ual and au­dio record­ings, from late- Vic­to­rian times to the present day.

The his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant pre­served items in­clude the Winch­ester Pipe Rolls – the most com­plete set of mano­rial ac­counts in the coun­try, dat­ing from 1208/ 9 al­most un­bro­ken to 1710/ 11.

They de­pict a record of in­come and ex­pen­di­ture across the Bishop of Winch­ester’s es­tates in south­ern Eng­land. The Pipe Rolls were placed on the UNESCO UK Mem­ory of the World Regis­ter in 2011.

The Record Of­fice holds a num­ber of Austen doc­u­ments, also Jane in- clud­ing her bap­tism record from 1775, writ­ten by her fa­ther, and the record of her burial in Winch­ester Cathe­dral in 1817.

It houses an An­glo Saxon char­ter dated 957, which records a grant of land and has been a part of Winch­ester Cathe­dral’s ar­chives for at least 370 years, al­though it ac­tu­ally re­lates to Con­ing­ton in Cam­bridgeshire.

The Record Of­fice also holds more than 100 let­ters writ­ten by Florence Nightin­gale, in­clud­ing one she wrote in 1826, aged six, to her Aunt Ann about the eclipse of the moon.

It also has the old­est film reel of the fir­ing of tor­pe­does from the side of a naval ship in North Har­bour in Portsmouth, which dates from 1897.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Record Of­fice, visit www. hants. gov. uk/ ar­chives.

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