Flintshire Record Office hosts World War One themed Open Day

14/09/2013 11:00am - 14/09/2013 0:00am

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Flintshire record office

© Archifdy Sir y Fflint / © Flintshire Record Office

© Archifdy Sir y Fflint / © Flintshire Record Office

Flintshire Record Office is holding a World War One themed Open Day on Saturday 14 September between 10am and 2pm at the Old Rectory in Hawarden.

The day will include ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the strong rooms and conservation studio.

Record Office staff are appealing for any records or photographs relating to the war so that they can build up a World War One archive – your records can either be preserved in the Record Office permanently or digitised and returned to you. There will also be a display of some original records relating to the War on show in the foyer.

The event is free and there will be refreshments and children’s activities throughout the day. Staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Tours will take place at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm (please note, the strong rooms are located over three floors and, due to the age of the building, there are no lifts and there is no disabled toilet).

Places are limited so it is essential to book in advance. People can book by ringing 01244 532364 or by emailing

Cllr Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education said:

“This event will be the first of many in Flintshire with a World War One theme to mark the centenary. There are no World War One veterans alive today so it is extremely important that the Record Office in Hawarden holds such an archive among its collections – no generation now or in the future should forget the horrors of that period of history.”

Claire Harrington, Flintshire County Council’s Principal Archivist added:

“Some of Flintshire’s residents are unaware of the service we operate at the Record Office and open days are an excellent way of giving people a taste of the type of records we hold here. Our appeal for World War One records has been going for a few weeks now and already we have received a number of very interesting items. Our aim is to hold a substantial collection which can be used for research in perpetuity.”

For more information or to see what collections we hold, please visit our website on