Our Next Event 2014

Manoral Documents Beginners Workshop 10 am. to 1pm. on Saturday, November 22nd at the Somerset Heritage Centre

Would you like to use manorial records but don’t know where to start? This beginners’ workshop can help!

The workshop will start off by introducing what manors are, what records they made, what you can use them for and how you can find out which manors covered your area. We will then spend time looking at different types of manorial records to get used to their layout and standard phrasing, with guided questions to help build your confidence.

This workshop assumes no prior knowledge of manorial records, and all of the documents we will be looking at will be (relatively) easy to read and will be in English. If there is a great demand for a workshop on Latin manorial records, we may be able to run one at a later date.

The course will be run by Scott Pettitt and Jane de Gruchy. Scott is the Project Archivist for the Somerset Manorial Documents Register project, which is part of a national scheme to research all of the manors in England and Wales and to compile a database of all surviving manorial records. Jane is one of the archivists at Somerset Archives & Local Studies.

The workshop is free to members of the Friends of Somerset Archives and £5 for non-members. There are just 24 places so early booking is advisable. To book, phone the Somerset Heritage Centre 01823 278805 or email archives@somerset.gov.uk.

Details of further events can be found under Our programme of Events by clicking here


Transcribing the Tithe Apportionments of Somerset Parishes

Tithe CombinedAn update to the list of the tithe apportionments that have been completed is available under Tithe Award Details from the menu system on the left of this page, or you can go straight to the page by clicking here. These awards are available to view at the Somerset Heritage Centre by request.

Join our transcription team!
If anyone would like to join our transcribing team by transcribing a parish of your choice that has not already been done, please contact Jenni by clicking here. There are two ways of transcribing - one at the Heritage Centre using original documents, or at home using folios sent by email. The choice is yours!

The task is not too taxing, does not need great computing skills and can be done in your own time - there is no rush to complete the job. We will give you full instructions and indeed answer any queries or try to solve any problems that you might have. If you are already a transcriber and would also like, perhaps, to do another parish, please contact Jenni by clicking here.

The Friends of Somerset Archives and the Dickinson Archive

The archive of the Dickinson family of Kingweston, is a large important collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

In December 2011, volunteers from the Friends of Somerset Archives began the arduous task of flattening the thousands of documents previously contained within the hundreds of bundles. The enthusiasm of the team became very evident, enabling them to finish the flattening process 2 months earlier than expected, April 2012, when the seven volunteers divided into two groups. For a current update on the Dickinson Project either go to our Projects Menu on the left or click here to go directly to the page.

If you would like to help with either the conservation work or the indexing please contact Liz Grant at the Somerset Heritage Centre, archives@somerset.gov.uk.

Odd footnote to the Dickinson Project - The emptying of the cellar - and other oddities - click here to see more!


Any suggestions or comments about the website should be emailed by clicking here to web@friendsofsomersetarchives.org.uk - Malcolm Daniels, webmaster.