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Anniversary roadshow for Archives and History Service

Hawick Heritage Hub, along with Scottish Borders Archives and Local History Service are marking their 10th anniversary this year.


And to help them celebrate the Hawick-based service providers are taking the Archives on the road over the next three months.


The tour will be visiting Live Borders venues across the Scottish Borders and members of the community will have a chance to go along, meet staff, see some of the interesting and creative projects of the last decade and offer any suggestions for what they would like to see from their local Archives in the future.


It is also a chance to ask about getting started in family history research.


Paul Brough, Archive Manager, Live Borders, commented: “The Heritage Hub has been described as ‘the best small archive in the world’ and the team certainly try to live up to that.”


Beginning its life as Hawick’s Corn Exchange, the building now known as Heritage Hub very quickly moved from agricultural use to being used for concerts and other public functions.


In 1910 it was purchased by an entertainment company to show moving pictures. The cinema had several names over the years from the Empire to, most recently, the Marina.


The building functioned as Humphreys and Bogarts bar and nightclub before a severe fire destroyed much of the original building in 1992. What remained after demolition was extended and converted, as part of the Heart of Hawick project, into the Heritage Hub building as purpose built storage for the Scottish Border's Archives and now a Scotland’s People centre.


The Heritage Hub cares for a wide range of archive 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, including textile, fishing and farming industries

·         Archives of schools, churches, charities, clubs and societies, families and

·         Title deeds, maps and plans, letterheads, photographs, correspondence and diaries


For £15.00, visitors to the Hub 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.


The free to access tour begins at Teviotdale Leisure Centre on Thursday June 15 and continues throughout June and July before ending at Harestanes at the beginning of August.


Tour Dates

Teviotdale Leisure Centre, Thursday, June 15 14.30 – 16.30

Eyemouth Leisure Centre Thursday 22nd June 10:00 – 12:00

Duns Library Contact Centre Thursday 22nd June 14:00 – 16:00

Kelso Leisure Centre Thursday 13th July 10:00 – 12:00

Galashiels Swimming Pool Thursday 20th July 10:00 – 12:00

Peebles Gytes Centre Thursday 20th July 14:00 – 16:00

Harestanes Saturday 5th August 11:00 – 13:00

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