From Winchester to Barchester: Anthony Trollope’s links with Hampshire

Anthony Trollope was one of the most popular authors of the 19th century, and his novels, including the Barchester and Palliser series, continue to attract new fans. This talk will explore Anthony Trollope’s links with Hampshire including family connections with Heckfield and Winchester, and some Hampshire locations that may have inspired places in Barchester.

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.

Celebrate World Book Night with us

World Book Night (Friday 23 April) brings people from all backgrounds together with one goal – to share their love of reading and inspire others to read more. This year the libraries of Aldershot, Andover , Fleet, Chandler’s Ford and Gosport will be taking part, sharing free copies of ‘Stories to Make You Smile’ edited… Continue reading Celebrate World Book Night with us

Welcome to the Winter Reading Challenge 2021

This theme of this year's challenge is 'Reading Together' and we encourage your to get cosy inside and read, listen and enjoy some stories together. The challenge is for all ages, and with the prospect of a certificate for anyone who reads four books before 28 February, it's a great opportunity to encourage the whole… Continue reading Welcome to the Winter Reading Challenge 2021

National Inclusion Week

28 September - 4 October National Inclusion Week highlights the huge importance of inclusion in not only the workplace, but in society as well. Many employers use it as a time to get connected and engage with their colleagues and talk more about inclusion. You can use the week to organise events and activities in… Continue reading National Inclusion Week

Digital Naturally Mindful

We invite you to seek wellbeing in nature by dipping into our new Naturally Mindful collection of 21 eTitles that explore the benefits of spending time outdoors. This collection will help you find your way as you start to explore the many, myriad ways of relaxing in nature. Whether you’re keen to try Shinrin-yoku, better… Continue reading Digital Naturally Mindful

VE Day – 75 years!

Friday 8 May marks 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day as it's better known. The Second World War was finally over as the (slightly modified) act of military surrender was signed on 8 May 1945 in Berlin. As many others, there had been plans to commemorate this day with street parties, talks… Continue reading VE Day – 75 years!

World Book Night 2020

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Up and down the country, everyone from libraries, local businesses, health organisations and many more celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles… Continue reading World Book Night 2020