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We are soon to start a joint venture with the History Centre at Chippenham to support the family historians who approach the Centre for help.  Their archive staff are the experts when it comes to the documents in their care, but they recognise that their knowledge of family history practice and sources is more limited.  Hence an appeal to us to help, which we have gladly answered!

From 5th July, volunteers will be in the History Centre on the first Wednesday each month to see enquirers by appointment or to answer questions from casual callers and to help the Centre staff with family history emails.  The History Centre is the first port of call for enquiries and will be making appointments for the service. 

Will a monthly session be sufficient to meet demand?  We don’t know!  But if there is a greater need from the community, we would be keen to expand this venture.  So, if you live within reach of the History Centre at Chippenham and feel you would like to share your knowledge of how to research family history with new starters or help someone break down their brick wall, please contact me, Jenny Pope at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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