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Digging deep into the treasure trove of time

Members of the Borders community are being urged to visit their local archive and discover the treasures within.

As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, which begins on Saturday, November 18, Live Borders Archive and Local History Service, based at the Heritage Hub in Hawick, is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities.

Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users. 

As well as visiting the Heritage Hub people can follow the campaign from November 18 - 26 online through the Live Borders Facebook page, or on Twitter @LiveBordersLA

The accompanying exhibition explores the archive collections through the campaign’s hashtags, which this year include #HairyArchive and #EdibleArchive.

The exhibition can be located in the Heritage Hub lobby and offers an excellent reason to Explore your Archive. There is also a chance to see a selection of images from of Hawick Rugby Football, recently brought out of the archive store and displayed in our exhibition space.

Ewan Jackson, Live Borders Chief Executive, said: “Visiting an archive can take you on an adventure – you may end up discovering much more than you imagined.

“Archives are full of fascinating content to read, touch and explore.  And it isn’t available from Google.

“Take time to explore archives – whether you’re interested in fashion, sport, food or UFOs, there will be something to inspire you in archives.”

To find out more about the campaign and how you can start your own adventure visit www.exploreyourarchive.co.uk


• For more information, contact Morag Cockburn, Education and Outreach Officer, morag.cockburn@liveborders1.org.uk

About Live Borders Archive and Local History Service
The Heritage Hub is the home of the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Service which cares for a wide range of documents from the four historic counties of Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire. It provides access to the archives of families, local communities, local trades and businesses, local government and its administration, law and order, land ownership, schools, clubs and societies. People can research their family tree or the history of their house or community. The archives can help with school, college or university work and with legal matters. The Hub also offers talks, school resources, advice on preservation and a research service. It is also a ScotlandsPeople Centre, providing access to Scottish birth, marriage, death and census records, and more.

About The National Archives
For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files. Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

About the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland)
The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the UK and Ireland. It works internationally and throughout the UK and Ireland, often in partnership with other national organisations, to represent those who work in archives and records management and also those who own and use archives.

The ARA supports its 2000+ members through advocacy, networking, training, continued professional development, and professional help and advice including a strong publications and conference programme.

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