Archives Service Newsletter No.91 Spring 2012
In this issue.....
Titanic - the Bedfordshire Connections
From the electricity generators to the boot boy - find out more about local connections with the famous ship.
Digitising the 1925 Valuation Maps
Capturing the unique information in a well used and historically valuable collection.
Archives Service Lunchtime Talks
11 May 2012 Grand Designs - Conserving the Wrest park architectural drawings (Pamela Birch)
13 July 2012 The Manorial Documents Register and why it is useful to the family historian. (Sarah Charlton)
14 Sept 2012 'We would design a dog kennel if someone paid us to' Architects' collections at Bedfordshire & Luton Archives. (Pamela Birch)
Talks are FREE and held at 1pm at the Archives Service. Please contact us to book a place.
Bedfordshire Family History Society Talks
13 Apr 2012 The Last Weekend Of Peace, The First Weekend Of War - September 1939 (Geoff Scargill)
4 May 2012 The Poor And The Poor Laws (Brian Jones)
6 Jul 2012 Sulgrave Manor And The Washington Family (Martin Sirot Smith)
See the BFHS website for more details.
Changes Visitor Car Parking
As of 1st April 2012, a new car parking system was implemented in all Bedford Borough Council car parks.
This has meant that there are a number of changes to the provision of visitor car parking in the Council car parks either at, or near to, Borough Hall.
For visitors of the Archives Service, visitor car parking is still being made available at the front of Borough Hall in the existing allocated spaces. These spaces are time-limited and are only available for short-stay visitors for up to 30 minutes duration.
Any visitors who expect to stay longer than 30 minutes at a time can park in the nearby Melbourne Street car park (which operates a pay and display facility)..
Separate arrangements will be made for deliveries.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and would urge you all to familiarise yourselves with local public car parks before you make a journey.
Any questions relating to car parking should be emailed to us.
Here are details of the local Park & Ride Scheme, which includes a bus stop outside Borough Hall.
Parking for our Blue Badge Holder Visitors
We have parking spaces by the Riverside Building for our visitors with disabilities. Please contact us or see the website for details.
Archives Service Charges
Some increases to our charges for the year 2012/13 will be implemented from 2nd April 2012. A full list of our charges is available as a hard copy leaflet, as well as on-line. The main charges are: A4 & A3 black & white photocopies 60p. Minimum charge for batches of copies sent by post: £5.70 Hourly rate for research: £30 30 minutes (£15) and 15 minutes (£7.50) . The charge to searchers wishing to take their own camera shots of documents remains at 50p per item, maximum daily rate now £15.
Follow us on Twitter!
Please take a look at www.twitter.com/BedsArchives to keep in touch with our latest information - you don't need to open a Twitter account yourself unless you want to send messages or be notified automatically of our Tweets.
Paths to Crime Blog
Kathryn and Sharon, the project cataloguers, have a blog where they post information and news about the fascinating material they are finding whilst working on the Paths to Crime project and how it may be useful to researchers.
This newsletter is edited by Susan Edwards who welcomes ideas and material for future issues. Published by Bedfordshire & Luton Archives and Records Service, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP. Tel: (01234) 228833; fax: (01234) 228854