Unlocking the Treasures in the Hull Local Studies Library

This two and a half year project aims to catalogue the books and archive collections within the Hull Local Studies Library at Hull History Centre. It has been funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.

The project team are sharing their experiences and discoveries via the History Centre blog.

As we move into the second year of the Unlocking the Treasures project, we can look back on a successful and productive first year which has seen well over a third of our uncatalogued library books catalogued, allowing them to be discoverable online for the first time.

Due to their age, some of the books were in poor condition, so as part of the cataloguing process they have been packaged in order to preserve them before being made available to consult in the History Centre search room.

Work has also begun on the uncatalogued archive collections housed within Local Studies and these will be fully processed and uploaded to the History Centre’s online catalogue once we return to full working after the current lockdown.

The lockdown and the current uncertainty about when the restrictions will be lifted has seen normal working suspended, but we are continuing to work behind the scenes from home. Blogs, leaflets and guides are being written to promote the rich resources to be found within the Local Studies Library collections, and we are using this time to explore how we can engage and attract users to the collections in new and exciting ways.

Community Memories

Would you like to help us create an archive about the challenging times we find ourselves in? The Community Memories: Living through Lockdown project will inform people of the future what it was like to live through the most extraordinary times in our recent history.