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Researching Parks: Introduction to the Records Office

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Record Office of Leicestershire Leicester & Rutland

38 Long Street

Wigston

LE18 2AH

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We want to uncover the hidden histories of our local parks, and we need your help!

Living in Leicester with its beautiful parks, rivers and canals, it is easy to take their presence for granted. However, the parks have not always been part of the landscape; some were farm land, one was a race course, several were family estates and another was until recently a gravel quarry! How did they come to be parks and how have they been used and appreciated over the years? Who were the people who used them and what mysteries do they hold?

If this sort of thing makes you want to dig out your Sherlock hat then come along to our free archive research introductory session at the Records Office of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. Sessions will be led by local Historian, Cynthia Brown, who will guide and support you in honing your researching skills and working in the archives - perfect for any budding historian!

The day will be broken up into two parts; there will be a free tour of the records office in the morning, where you can discover all about how the archives are organised and how to find whatever you're looking for, and in the afternoon, there will be a relaxed drop in session, where you can join our other researchers to put your newfound skills to practice and begin your research!

An information pack will guide you in what needs to be discovered and where you might find it. Information found will be collected and used to create new heritage panels across the parks, website content, leaflets and other material but you are also welcome to research at a time convenient for you and to use your new skills to follow your own interests.

You will need to bring ID that has your full name and address on it (such as your passport, driving license or a utility bill/ bank statement) so you can register with the records office and begin researching. See you in the archives!

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