News from Elsewhere

Thousands of records from the Isle of Man’s heritage collections have been released online at providing a second point of access to the physical iMuseum complex in Douglas.

As well as providing hundreds of artworks, sound recordings and photographs of artefacts currently housed in museums across the Isle of Man, many of the records most important to genealogists – such as baptism, marriage and burial records – are also included. Each document carries a detailed catalogue description and is fully transcribed, meaning that its contents can be searched by keyword or browsed by category. Once users have identified an image or document relevant to their research interests, they can ‘pin’ items to a digital album for downloading and printing later.
History West Midlands
This is a new independent website, currently being developed & launching in January 2013.  If you register at a copy of their first magazine issue will be free.  There will be a link to it from this site.
The Hive
This is now open for business in Worcester & several members have been using it.   Personal experiences vary but most comments given have been positive ones.  Change is always controversial.  Rooms are on 5 levels.  Level 2 houses the Archives, Level 3 the Public & University Libraries & Level 4 is for Research & Quiet Study.
Worcestershire Film Festival
Saturday 11th August at St George’s Church, Kidderminster, there was  a Kidderminster Cinema Memories Coffee Morning.   Did anyone pay it a visit?  Please let us know if you did & tell us about it.
From the Worcestershire Local History Forum
One of the key aims of the Worcestershire Local History Forum is to provide a means for liaison between both individuals and organisations interested in Worcestershire local history. It also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about events, projects and heritage activities in the county. Up to now we have done this through published documents such as the Directory of Speakers, the What’s On In Worcestershire events listing and of course the Newsletter……

We currently have four online services

We very much hope that you and other members of your group will welcome these initiatives and contribute to them.The success of these facilities depends upon publicity of the facilities to your members and the public at large. Please forward this email on to your members/contacts and encourage any of you members with internet access to regularly check the web site, post and reply to topics on the on-line forum, “follow” us on twitter and “like” us and add as friends on Facebook

If you would like to know more, or have suggestions, comments or feedback on these services, or the WLHF in general, please do not hesitate to contact us…..”
Local Family History
Worcestershire County Council’s Archives and Archaeological Services
have a new online site for delving into family history in Worcestershire. Visit  to explore further.
•             Lewis Carroll’s baptism found in Daresbury,11 July 1832
•             Earthquake hit Cheshire on 18 March 1612
•             Ancestors of James Bond actor Daniel Craig sold coal and were iron moulders
•             Over 10 million Cheshire records covering 1538 to 1910 – allowing researchers to delve back further than ever before
To find out more and search the records, visit


To let  everyone know that the Worcestershire Local History Forum Newsletter is now available on their website which is –


New arrangements for Birmingham Library

Due to the building of the new Birmingham Reference Library, to be opened in 2013, there are restrictions on access to some of the services including the  Archives Section on the 6th Floor.

From Monday 12 December 2011 the opening hours for the Archives and Heritage open access service on Floor 6 will be:-
Wednesday 10am – 6pm
Thursday    10am – 6pm
Friday         10am – 6pm
Saturday closed

It is also essential to book in advance to use the archives searchroom.  For further information please visit the website –

Or contact – Archives Service, Birmingham Archives and Heritage, Birmingham Library, Chamberlain Square,  Birmingham B3 3HQ
or e-mail



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