Archive Study Group Volunteers required…
Opportunities exist for people with an interest in the history of Markenfield and related subject areas to take part in the on-going work of collecting and processing information about the hall and grounds, its owners and occupiers over the centuries and the area and context in which they existed.
Much work has been done already: the outline of the history of the house and families connected to it is known, but there are gaps in our knowledge. I tend to think of it as a giant jigsaw puzzle of which many pieces are still missing or can’t yet be fitted in. Over the past year a small group of people have been working on a data-base which will allow us to store and search information, making it easily accessible for further research. New information can also be added. A catalogue of the books held at Markenfield about the hall and related subjects has been completed and work is continuing to produce guidelines for cataloguing documents and photographs in a similar way. As well as adding existing information to the data- base there are also several research projects which can be undertaken, which may help fill the gaps in the jigsaw. For example, a detailed search of local newspapers would be a very useful project. Similarly, searches should be made for any references to Markenfield in collections in local and national archives: some are known but much remains to be identified or examined in detail.
If jigsaw puzzles, or amateur sleuthing, are your thing and you have some time to offer please get in touch. It is not necessary to have experience of historical research or of electronic databases or any other specialist skills as guidance will be available. Anyone with IT skills or good at administration will be an asset to the group, even if they think they have no historical skills or knowledge. Volunteers are often surprised at how quickly they pick up the required skills and become hooked by this sort work.
By: Judith Smeaton, Archive Group Representative
If you would like to volunteer with this group, or would just like to find out a little bit more about the work that they do, please contact The Friends via firstname.lastname@example.org – Judith will be thrilled to hear from you.