Voyage of discovery at Heritage Hub
As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, Live Borders Archive and Local History Services are urging people to visit the Heritage Hub in Hawick and discover the treasures within.
Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part in the initiative which aims to raise awareness of the value of their services to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.
The Heritage Hub are currently hosting ‘Sensing Place: The Borders and Beyond’ which runs until Thursday, December 1 and offers an excellent reason to Explore your Archive.
Organisers have also pulled together a selection of items from their collection which fit with the range of themes of the campaign, including ‘archive pioneers’ and even ‘hairy archives’.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive local charity Live Borders, commented: “Visiting an archive can take you on an adventure – you may end up discovering much more than you imagined.
“The Explore Your Archive campaign is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities.”
“Archives are full of fascinating content to read, touch and explore and aren’t available from Google. Whether you’re interested in fashion, sport, food or UFOs, there will be something to inspire you in archives.”
A free Urban Detectives workshop on Saturday, November 26 will encourage heritage lovers to investigate and record urban places in the Borders.
During this workshop, taking place between 11am and 12.30pm at the Heritage Hub, members of the public with a story to share, old family photographs or information about urban places can become Urban Detectives and learn how to contribute the history on their doorstep to the National Record of the Historic Environment through the Scotland’s Urban Past website.
Morag Cockburn, Education and Outreach Officer with Live Borders added: “The Heritage Hub are excited to be hosting this unique workshop during a week when people are encouraged to Explore their Archive.
“It is a great opportunity for the community to ensure the rich history of the Scottish Borders is captured and represented on the National Record.”
For more information and to book your place at the workshop, visitwww.scotlandsurbanpast.org.uk.
As well as visiting the Heritage Hub people can follow the campaign online through the Heart of Hawick’s Facebook page, or on Twitter @HeartofHawick.
To find out more about the campaign and how you can start your own adventure visit www.exploreyourarchive.co.uk