In our latest issue, Dave Woolven's come up with the idea of a record office dossier.
The idea would be that we all contribute info on UK record offices, to help other readers organising a trip. Obviously addresses and opening hours are easy to obtain, but info on parking, snacks, camera usage etc, would all help someone else with planning their research day.
How have you found your record office trips? What were the pros and cons? Looking forward to hearing what you think.
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I can add a couple of other things. The cost of parking in central Manchester is expensive. If you travel by train to Manchester the destination should be shown as MANCHESTER CTLZ (central zone). This allows you to travel from the main stations within the central zone free of charge on the Metrolink. Quite handy as there is a Metrolink stop outside the front door of Central Library.
You cannot take your own food or drink into the cafe area. There are plenty of fine eateries within walking distance including many in China Town.
The charge for photography is Ј5.00 per HALF day. Flash photography IS permitted..it needs to be at the moment as the lighting is very dull and orange.
If I think of anything else I will added it.[/b:ojh0zvq1]
I think this is an excellent idea. I am planning a trip from Australia late next year and these are the details we need so we can plan our trips.
My only concern is that this information will get lost in the messages. Maybe another ADM Publishing could add this to there list of forums as a way of assisting people with their research.
Much of the information avalable is on microfiche. But they have those horrid microfiche readers where you have to wind with a handle, so try to order one of the electronic ones in advance - they only have a few - and make sure you check whether the corresponding printer has toner in it :angry: ! Take plenty of change for that, and for the lockers where you can store your bags etc. You may also want to go into the restricted area where they hold manuscripts, old photos and such like. I'd call in advance for that, you may need a special pass.
They seem to be fine re taking photo's. No probs so far anyway.
Don't forget to look for your family in the Probate ledgers, which are freely accessible in the research area.
And don't just restrict your search to the search room. There're lots of local research books in the academic library upstairs - ask at the desk, they can be quite helpful if you get the right librarian!
And they have a huge array of Kelly's and Gores, both on microfiche and hidden away in the back (we were lucky one day, and a really nice male librarian just went fishing in them for us out back - saved a whole heap of time on the microfiche readers!)
There's no cafe in the Library itself (and no refreshments allowed inside), but there are two in the museum a bit further down the hill [url=http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/:12x9utvp]http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/[/url:12x9utvp] Or you could just walk across the road and you're in town.
Parking is limited. You pay in advance, but the maximum you can get is 2 hours - certainly not long enough when you're researching. And the parking attendants know it. Personally, I'd park somewhere outside of town, along the route of the new Liverpool South park way line, perhaps, [url=http://www.merseyrail.org/stations/?iStationId=28:12x9utvp]http://www.merseyrail.org/stations/?iStationId=28[/url:12x9utvp] and get the train in. (That station also has connections to Liverpool airport).
Also, the [b:12x9utvp]Liverpool Maritime museum, archive and library [/b:12x9utvp] [url=http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/archive/:12x9utvp]http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/archive/[/url:12x9utvp] is down on the Albert Dock, right on the historic waterfront. They're very helpful in there - just ask for help if you need it and they'll point you in the right direction. There's a lot more parking in that area than there used to be with the increase in leisure and entertainment facilities in the area. If you don't get the train in as above, the new NCP is recommended, a few minutes walk along the waterfront. Again, no refreshments are allowed in there (and pencils only, no ink!) but there there's an OK cafe in the building, but plenty of others if you have time take a wander around the shops outside. The old Pump House has been turned into a bar, nice food, but gets very busy - specially in the lunch hour. Lots of historic scenery if your ancestors ever passed through the city - don't miss the Mariner's church, just past the Liver buildings.
It includes a virtual tour. There is a nice cafe there and a lovely park outside where you can sit and eat your packed lunch. Kew also a good car park but you need to remember to have your car park ticket validated at the desk inside. If the car park is full (not often in my experience) go back to the nearby retail park and park there for free and just walk back.
Tours for newbies are provided free every morning at 11.30 worth getting there at least 15 minutes beforehand.
If you want free access to the 1911 census (just 20p a sheet to print A3 copies ) on arrival get a ticket at the desk in the entrance hall to book a 1 hour slot on a 1911 computer. If they are not busy you can book another 1 hour slot once you have used up the first. Do get a member of staff to show you how to print as there is more than one option and not obvious which is the cheap 20p option.
Also remember busiest on late night opening hours.
Note if coming by public transport it is about a 10 minute walk from the station, so wear comfy shows.
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