Historic England offers tours of archives

By Amanda Wilkins - 28 March 2024

  • A Railway Works image from the archive

    A Railway Works image from the archive

Historic England are inviting members of the public to get to know its Swindon-based archive on introductory tours.

They will be give on 18 April and 24 July.

The Historic England’s Archive includes over 14 million historic photographs, plans, drawings, reports, records and publications, covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history.

The archive is based in the Engine House, which was built from the 1840s and formerly the Great Western Railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office, a building important to Swindon’s heritage.

Whether a person is a family or local historian, an academic researcher, conservation specialist or just curious, the tours have something for everyone. Resources include photographs and documents, helping you paint a picture of where your ancestors lived, worked and played.

Aseye Negedu, Engagement and Volunteering Officer at the archive, said: “After we have welcomed you to the Engine House, we will present the history of the Archive, and then give you a tour of our environment-controlled store, our Library, and our Public Search Room.

“The tours will be in small groups, so you’ll be able to get close to the objects – from seeing some of the earliest examples of photography to our more modern collections - and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

"You will also get an insight into the inner workings of how an archive functions”.

For further information and to make a booking, please go to https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/talks-tours/.


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