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Transcribathon at the King's Lynn Borough Archives

Example from the Norfolk Records Office - KL/C 7/15

Published: Friday, 22nd February 2019

Ever wanted to take a closer look at some of the borough's historical records?

King's Lynn Borough Archives are offering people a chance to try their hand at transcribing old council minutes from the Georgian period (1731 - 1822).

Trainee Archivist Luke Shackell explained: "We have a wealth of records in the archives and we want to make them more accessible to people. By offering a free session where people can have a go at transcribing a record, we hope that they will become more interested and engaged with the project and will offer to transcribe documents at home as this is an online project."

The session takes place at the King's Lynn Borough Archives on Saturday, 2 March 2019 between 10am and 2pm. It is a drop-in session so people can turn up when they like and leave when they wish.

The first phase of the project will look at the three Hall Books that cover 1731 to 1822. They contain the minutes and memoranda of the council and cover important events such as the French Revolution, the Amercian War of Independence, the Napoleonic wars and the expansion of the British Empire, as well as more local issues such as the introduction of Corn Laws, drainage and navigation of the fens, and the decline of King's Lynn as a major port.

No need to book for this fascinating session, just turn up on the day. Bring a laptop or use one of the computers at the borough archives. Anyone interested in doing more transcribing should let the organiser know on the day.

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