Katie Wright and the Manorial Survey

To the Manor Born?

Northumberland Archives is to host a series of events, inviting the public to explore and celebrate the rich history of the county's Manorial estates.

The sessions will look back to the days when manor houses were at the centre of community life in all areas - from work, to housing provision and dishing out justice.

Northumberland Archives holds a collection of Manorial records dating back several centuries that provide fascinating insights into the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the region through the lens of its manorial records.

The free events on Friday, June 28 at County Hall, Morpeth, begin with a conference from 10.30 am until 1.15pm. The conference will celebrate ‘Everyday Life in a Northumbrian Manor’.

To book a place at the conference email: archives@Northumberland.gov.uk. There are limited places on free buses going from Newcastle, Hexham and Allendale bookable at the same email address. Lunch is provided.

To book a workshop place or for more information email: berwickarchives@northumberland.gov.uk

Volunteer groups based in Allendale, Berwick, Hexham and Newcastle have transcribed more than 600 manorial documents all of which will be made available to researchers.

Two workshops led by experts from the Archives team run from 2pm to 4.30pm when participants can learn about the importance of manorial documents in historical research, and how to use them to find key information.

he first workshop will introduce attendees to manorial records and how they can be used in family and local history. The second workshop will show how to read and interpret old handwriting, understand the structure of manorial records, and discover the stories hidden in the ancient texts.

Sue Wood, Head of Archives, said: “Visitors can bring their own research questions and receive expert advice on how to find the answers.

“So, whether you are a seasoned historian, a budding genealogist, or just someone with a curiosity about the past, our archives offer a chance to connect with the county's history.

“These events showcase the importance of preserving and celebrating local heritage and safeguarding the documentary heritage of the region for future generations.

“Whether you think you’d have been ‘to the Manor born’ or a worker in the fields, why not come and be part of a day dedicated to uncovering the stories that have shaped Northumberland over the centuries.”

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