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800 years of history for sale in North Yorkshire
12:23pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A LOCAL authority is going into the retail business in response to the surge in popularity of family and local history.
North Yorkshire County Council has officially launched an online shop, making copies of hundreds of historic maps, photographs, postcards and publications available to browse and buy 24-hours-a-day.
The new website - archiveshop.northyorks.gov.uk - has been set up following the success TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are and Restoration Man.
The Northallerton-based County Record Office is a prime source of unique and valuable historical information, with documents dating back over 800 years, relating to the whole of the county.
As well as a wide range of products, e-shop customers can purchase special research packages to help them investigate their family tree, their local area, or the history of their house.
The packages allow people to buy a set amount of research time by experienced archive staff who will draw on the information and records held within the extensive collection.
The executive member for the archive service, Chris Metcalfe, said: “This is a great way to own a piece of North Yorkshire’s history.
“By launching this site we’re bringing family and local history to thousands more people who want to discover their own heritage.”
Local historians both near and far have welcomed the move as a significant step forward.
One of the new shop’s first customers struck it lucky straight away, discovering a photograph of her grandfather within minutes of beginning a search, and buying a high-quality print, using the online payment facility.
To complement the launch of the new e-shop, the Record Office has opened its own dedicated Twitter account - @nyccarchives - to keep followers up to date with the latest news from the archives team, including latest additions to the collections, and local and family history talks and events
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