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The Bidford Archive

Description of the Archive

Bidford & District History Society’s Research Group and the Bidford Community Library are collaborating on a new project to create a District archive at the library. For many years the History Society has been conscious of the need to create a space where original material on the district’s past could be preserved and they are therefore very excited by this partnership with BCL. Thanks to a grant secured from the County Council the joint committee has purchased a fireproof cabinet which stores material such as documents, maps, photographs, letters, postcards, etc. Additionally, the Parish Council has generously allowed us to use a room for this facility. The material will not only be preserved in appropriate conditions but will also be available to the public to access for research or just for general interest for those curious to find out more about the area’s past.

Archive documentary items have been catalogued. The Research Group has already digitised a large amount of material to view on-line which will also become available to access through the same facility. Documentary records stretch as far back as 1640 however the majority cover the period 1850 to 1980. You can view the list of materials in the Archive by clicking on: Archive List. Click on this link for a helpful User Guide.

An opening ceremony scheduled for the afternoon of April 25, 2020. has now been postponed die to the Coronavirus. We expect the openeing ceremony now to take place in October 2020.

Subsequently members of the public will be able to explore the wide variety of material already on hand by appointment through BCL. We’re looking forward to our Archive being yet another reason to visit Bidford Community Library.

Where electronic scanning of documents has taken place for ease of access, the categories of documents are as follows:

Crime and Punishment

Diaries and Biographies,

Old Maps

Topical Events

Population - Census Returns

Population - Other Returns

World War 1

World War 2

Pre 1500AD materials

Photographs and Pictures

History Society Presentations and publications

Library Displays

 

On the following page will appear information on how to access the Archive records.

We hope that anyone with photographs, letters, postcards or any written material concerning the district’s past will consider either giving or lending us their material. For those people who wish to place items in the Archive, Information will be posted during March 2020.