Second CCH Training Event on Historical Archives

The second Cambridge Community Heritage training event took place last Saturday, 16th February, at Huntingdon Library and Archive Centre, shown opposite. The day focused on the use of historical archives in community heritage projects and covered accessing resources, handling resources, transcribing and copying archive material and editing. The day was attended by representatives from nine of the CCH supported community groups with Heritage Lottery Fund grants from the All Our Stories programme.

The day began with a tour of the archive collection by Alan Akeroyd, Archives and Local Studies Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council who has a particular interest in historical document digitisation projects. A session on medieval sources was led by Jo Sear, a specialist in medieval sources who is currently completing her doctoral thesis on late medieval consumption patterns, and another on the early modern period was led by Dr Ken Sneath, a university lecturer in seventeenth and eighteenth century history history at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge as well as assistant Director of Studies in Economic History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Following these sessions on the use of medieval and early modern records, the afternoon was spent learning transcribing skills.

95% of the attendees rated the day as very helpful, and 95% said that they felt more confident about the historical archives aspect of their community projects. Comments in feedback after the event were very complementary about the workshop:

“It was all fascinating and well put together, linking bits of my knowledge.”

“The day was excellent and very informative.”

“(I have gained the) confidence to continue with our project.”

Supported by the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team, the Cambridge Community Heritage project aims to bring university researchers and communities together to develop new ideas for projects investigating local heritage. The Cambridge Community Heritage project involves researchers from the University of Cambridge with a wide range of interests who have considerable experience of working with community groups. To read more about the projects being supported by CCH, please visit the website here.

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