Red tape and sealing wax? Using old title deeds for local and family history.

Have you discovered that one of your ancestors, or a house you are researching, features in a bundle of parchment title deeds? Are you feeling defeated by line after line of repetitive text reading ‘whereas’ this, ‘whereas’ that, ‘of the one part’, ‘of the other part’? Help is at hand!

‘Here be hogs’: Maps for local and family history in Hampshire

Maps have an instant appeal, giving us insight into the changing appearance over the centuries of our localities or the places where our families lived. This talk will introduce you to some of the key series of maps that cover most places in Hampshire, mainly from the 17th to 20th centuries, and will provide advice on how to use them.

LGBT+ History Month 2021

In the UK, February marks LGBT+ History Month, which we celebrate every year as an opportunity to explore LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history and culture, and recognising the achievements of LGBT pioneers from all fields of life.

Digital Readers – January book

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in January has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the January book is… The spy of Venice / Benet Brandreth. When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford… Continue reading Digital Readers – January book

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2019 The UN celebrate this day every year on 3 December and the theme for this year is 'Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership'. Their aim is to ensure that all are treated equally and to make the world a more inclusive place. Libraries have many different ways of… Continue reading International Day of Persons with Disabilities

World Nursery Rhyme Week

18 - 22 November 2019 World Nursery Rhyme Week is a fantastic time to have some fun with nursery rhymes; through song, dance and play.Did you know through singing nursery rhymes together you can help your child's development and bond with them? Even if you're singing skills aren't the greatest, or you feel you can't… Continue reading World Nursery Rhyme Week

Holocaust Memorial Day – Adult non-fiction booklist

The choiceby Edith Eger In 1944, 16-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith's bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally… Continue reading Holocaust Memorial Day – Adult non-fiction booklist