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Explore the hidden archives of Trues Yard

There’s a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating archives at Trues Yard Museum this weekend.

On Saturday 9th July from 10:30am to 3:30pm the Museum is holding an open day for the Pat Midgley Research Centre.

In 2015 True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum secured £56,500 in Heritage Lottery Funding to improve their archives and research centre. This will give the public an opportunity to explore the archives and discover the wealth of resources the Research Centre has to offer. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Research Centre includes family history files, copies of census, baptism, marriage and death records, and an oral history archive, as well as over 7,000 photographs. It is a unique resource for those interested in local and family history.

This is an exciting time for the Research Centre, which has undergone the first phase of a two year redevelopment project called “Opening up a House of History”. Michelle Andrews, Project Officer has been the guiding hand with her invaluable expertise in conservation.

The Research Centre was renamed in November 2013 in honour of Museum founder, the late Pat Midgley MBE, who was central to the opening of the Museum in 1991. In March 2016 the Museum celebrated its 25th birthday and is currently undertaking a £100,000 Silver Jubilee fundraising appeal to secure its future for the next 25 years.

Museum Manager Lindsey Bavin explains “The Pat Midgley Research Centre archives at True’s Yard are the direct result of one woman’s passion for heritage and the preservation of knowledge. Every piece has been donated, countless hours of research have gone into it over 25 years and many items simply would not be here today were it not for that tenacious woman. We were so pleased to have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding because it meant we are able to protect that legacy for future generations. We are reaching the half way point of the project and so much has been accomplished but we still have a way to go.”

For further information contact Michelle Andrews on 01553 770479 or by email on project@truesyard.co.uk. You can also visit the Museum’s website www.truesyard.co.uk and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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