The eagerly awaited Herefordshire History website is launching on Remembrance Day Tuesday 11 November 2014.
Herefordshire History is a fantastic new local history website, developed by Herefordshire Council’s libraries service. The site brings together a range of fascinating items from different collections held by the council’s libraries, archives and museum services including newspaper articles, local postcards and posters from the First World War; Alfred Watkins photographs and a burial certificate from 1688, which is the oldest item currently on the website.
Jan Nesaratnam, Herefordshire Council’s senior librarian, said: “We are so proud of the new website, which due to the vast amount of material available has taken three years to create, with over 15,000 photographs, maps, posters, pamphlets, letters and diaries being digitally recorded for, in many cases, the first time ever.
“Some of the most poignant items we’ve placed on the website have come from the Herefordshire in the Great War project, which is funded by the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, including municipal burial records and items kindly donated by the relatives of local soldiers.
“We are continuing to add more items all the time, especially as we move through time towards the present day and are keen for people to get involved in the project. We are always looking for new images to be donated, along with volunteers to help us digitally record our collections. We also welcome fundraising to extend the project.”
The website will be officially launched on Remembrance Day at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery and will mark the last day of the Herefordshire in the Great War exhibition.
For a sneak preview of this fascinating free website* ahead of the official launch, visit www.herefordshirehistory.org.uk.
To find out more about the project, volunteer or donate items, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up to date with the latest news at www.facebook.com/herefordshirehistory.
* The website is free to use, although a charge will be made for purchasing images.