Be a young ‘Archive Explorer’ this summer

Release Date: 21 July 2017

Young detectives can discover the history of the borough this summer by becoming an ‘Archive Explorer’.

A five day course organised by the Council’s Local Studies Library and Archive Team, Archive Explorers is an adventure through the borough’s exciting past for 9 to 14 year-olds.

The borough’s archives carry the stories of human lives from the past, into the present and beyond. Youngsters are invited to join the Archive Explorers Team and become a detective, hunting for clues to uncover the secrets of the borough, and bringing them to life through a range of fun activities.

Workshops include delving into the archives and looking at documents that are up to 400 years old.  There are sessions on what the borough could look like in a ‘parallel universe’ looking at plans for buildings that were never built, wartime invasion preparations that were thankfully never tested, and ideas for futures that never came to be.

Whether you love history, art, digital technology, or telling stories, there’s a role for any young person in the Archive Explorers!

The course starts on 25 July at the Old Town Hall in Richmond. It costs £5 per day or £20 for all five days. Advance booking online is essential.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:

“What a fantastic opportunity to dig deep into our borough’s history. With the summer holidays about to start, this is definitely a fun activity to kick start the six week break.

“Our archives are fascinating – with plans and photos remembering how the borough was and how the borough could be.

“I am sure that there are many young detectives who will thrive at the opportunity to find out more about the place where they live.”

Find out more and book online


Notes for editors

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Reference: P345/17

Updated: 31 July 2017