Hereford Record Office: Large collection of original documents and maps from AD 1000 to 1950. Search room and library available. Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre, Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA. telephone 01432 260750, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also limited search available online.
Hereford Cathedral Library: Archives of four manors (Canon Pyon, Norton Canon, Woolhope and Preston-on-Wye) and 27 parishes in Herefordshire. Search room and library. Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR1 2NG, telephone 01432 374226, e-mail email@example.com
Herefordshire Libraries: Large collection of local history books, old maps. Plus county-wide aerial photographs (1947, 1:25,000) and Alfred Watkins photographs, Duncumb Histories and Old Straight Club archives. Unpublished Herefordshire histories by Blount, Parry, Williams, Webb, Bird and Hill. Letters, Guild minutes and a large collection of old manuscripts. Unpublished hundreds of Stretford, Wigmore, Wolphy and Greytree. About 200 antiquarian books.
Most of the above are not on the online catalogue, but they are on the library's card index. The library is in Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AU, telephone 01432 383600; the library is closed on Mondays.
Hereford Museum: Covers social history, artefacts, learning and resource centre; telephone 01432 342492, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is also located in the library building in Broad Street, Hereford.
Woolhope Club Transactions: Local history journal held in all the main libraries, with over 100 volumes beginning in 1851. A huge range of topics is covered, and you may well find that whatever you are researching someone before you has done so too. There are index volumes, which can be searched online on the Club's website.
Herefordshire Ceramics: Includes online information on archaeological pottery and forms found in the county.
Roman Kilns: Includes online information about the location of Roman Kilns found throughout the country.
England's Past for Everyone Ledbury Project: England's Past for Everyone was a Heritage Lottery-funded project involving communities across the country, which ran from 2005 to 2010. Authors and researchers worked alongside volunteers to bring local history to life. In Herefordshire, England's Past for Everyone focused on the historic market town of Ledbury. Herefordshire Archaeology staff members were involved in various aspects of this project.
The following national sources of information will also include Herefordshire information:
The National Archives: The National Archives are located in Kew, London. Many Herefordshire-related documents are held here. View the online catalogue for information on the Archives' holdings.
The British Library: Complete catalogue of published books online: it includes over 1100 books with Herefordshire in the title.
Historic England Archive: Search over 1 million catalogue entries describing photographs, plans and drawings of England's buildings and historic sites, held in the Historic England Archive. Including photographs dating from the 1850s to the present day, ranging from architectural details to archaeological landscapes, from country houses to coal mines, covering counties from Cornwall to Northumberland.
National Heritage List for England (NHLE): Historic England's official and up-to-date database of all listed and designated heritage sites in England.
PastScape: PastScape is a quick and easy way to search over 420,000 records held in the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE). You'll find information on archaeological, architectural and maritime sites.
Heritage Gateway: A portal that allows you to search across national and local records of England's historic sites and buildings, including listed buildings. Also provides contact information for England's SMRs and HERs.
Archaeology Data Service (ADS): The ADS supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. Provides a number of searchable archaeology-related databases, including library catalogues.
OASIS: Online Access to the Index of Archaeological Investigations. Provides an online index to the mass of unpublished archaeological contractor reports (grey literature) that has been produced as a result of the advent of large-scale developer-funded fieldwork.
Portable Antiquity Scheme (PAS): The Portable Antiquities Scheme is project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.
Vision of Britain: Comprehensive data sets including population, poverty, industry, boundary changes and more.
Images of England: English Heritage's digital library of photographs and descriptions of England's Listed Buildings. All descriptions and many images can be searched online.
MAGIC: Comprehensive data set of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), countryside designations (e.g. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Scheduled Ancient Monuments and more. Also information on environmental schemes.
Environment Agency Open Data: Environment Agency Data for LiDAR Data.
National Library of Scotland: Includes many georeferenced OS maps of England.
Victoria County History: Founded in 1899, the VCH is an encyclopedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1932, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England.
The following links are useful websites for those with wider interest in Archaeology:
Council for British Archaeology (CBA): An independent charity that brings together members, supporters and partners to give archaeology a voice and safeguard it for future generations.
British Association of Archaeologists (BAA): Association to promote the study of archaeology, art and architecture and the preservation of our national antiquities.
European Association of Archaeologists (EAA): Association that represents for all professional archaeologists of Europe.
British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR): Archaeological employment, training and industry news.
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