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Local resources pull together to put research in reach

The Heritage Hub, in Hawick, will become the Borders centre for local history at the beginning of next week when the integration of Live Borders Archives and Local Studies Service is complete.

From Monday, July 10, the two popular services will be fully integrated with the local studies facility, currently based at St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk, being made available on a no appointments basis 0930-1645 Monday to Friday inclusive.

Loan and Reference stock will still be searchable via the online catalogue while a few special collections will continue to be stored at St Mary’s Mill.

The move is a significant enabling transformation by Live Borders of local history services in the region and Paul Brough, Archives Manager, commented: “The intention is to provide access to all local studies collections via a single site.

“This will simplify local history enquiries and enable us to deliver more equitably across the Scottish Borders.”

The Local Studies collection contains books and periodicals and collects published information on every aspect of life in the Borders including material on the locality, or written by local people with a local connection.

Jennifer Lauder, Local Studies Officer, said: “I am excited to join the team at the Heritage Hub and to improve access to the Local Studies collection.”

At present The Heritage Hub, a Scotlands People Centre, is the home of the Scottish Borders Archive and cares for a wide range of documents from the four historic counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. 

The diverse collections include: Extensive rugby and textile collections; local government and administration, police, law and order records; business records and accounts; archives of schools, churches, charities, clubs and societies, families and title deeds, maps and plans, letterheads, photographs, correspondence and diaries.

For £15.00 a day members of the public can have unlimited access to one of the World’s best online sources of original family history information. There are almost 100 million records to look through for Scottish ancestry research, with census, wills, statutory birth, marriage and death, Old Parish and Roman Catholic records and a growing series of Valuation Rolls.

All enquiries to the integrated service should be directed to: The Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE / 01450 360699 / localhistory@liveborders1.org.uk

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