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Christmas And New Year Opening Hours


WYAS will be open to the public on the following days:


Monday 22 Dec 2014 – Bradford, Kirklees 9.30am-5pm and Wakefield 9.30am-8pm


Tuesday 23 Dec 2014 – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield 9.30am-5pm


All offices will be closed to the public from 24 December- 4 January.
Normal opening hours resume from 5 January 2015




Research Service


A review is currently in progress of all aspects of our enquiry and research service. During this period, we are suspending the standard and express ‘Ask the Experts’ research service from 8 Sep 2014, together with the translations and transcription service. Further information on the new services will be available at a later date on our website at www.archives.wyjs.org.uk. Please check the website for any further updates.


We are still able to offer the 30 minute short research service for specific enquiries about our collections. Details on how to order this can be found on our eshop pages on our website


If you require further assistance with an enquiry you can also visit our offices, details of our opening hours and locations are available on our website.



Heritage Open Days 2014


Registry of Deeds, Wakefield: 'Archives, Art and the Waterways', 13th September 2014 1:30pm - 4pm. Includes store tours, conservation demonstrations and exhibitions inspired by the waterways collections.


Kirklees Archive: Hour long behind the scenes tours of the library and archive building, 11am and 3pm, 11th September 2014.


Leeds Archive: ‘Theatres at War', an exhibition developed by West Yorkshire Archive Service and Leeds Grand theatre opens Sunday 14th September, 10:30am – 4pm in the Stalls and Dress Circle Bar of the Grand Theatre.


For more information on all three events visit: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk



Major Changes to Opening Times


From the 6th October the Leeds and Bradford opening days will be changing.


Bradford will be open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (closed Thursdays and Fridays)


Leeds will be open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays


Hours of opening will stay the same(9.30am to 5pm) at each office



WW1 Street Festival of Remembrance, Morley town centre 2nd August 2014


Leeds archives are supporting Morley’s remembrance weekend by providing free WW1 family history workshops on 2nd August. Find out who your WW1 ancestors were at Cucina Café, 106a Queen Street, 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 2pm.


To reserve a place contact the Leeds office on 0113 393 9788 or via email at leeds@wyjs.org.uk


23 July at the Registry from 2-3pm , talk by John Goodchild on "Aspects of Medieval Wakefield: A medieval knight from Wakefield: Sir John Pilkington of Snapethorpe" . Booking essential on wakefield@wyjs.org.uk or 01924 305980



Prestigious UNESCO Award for West Yorkshire Archive Service


The records of the West Riding Pauper Asylum, Stanley Royd 1814-1991, held by West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS), Wakefield, have received a prestigious award from UNESCO, being accepted for Inscription on the UK National Register of Documentary Heritage by the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.


To find out more, click here



Tattoos, pigeon theft and fraud!


Did your ancestor dabble on the wrong side of the law? Thousands of new Yorkshire criminal record entries now online.


Thousands of our 19th century criminal records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on the criminal habits of Victorian Yorkshire.


To find out more, click here



What was your house worth? Over ½ million new records launched on Ancestry.co.uk


Ancestry.co.uk in partnership with West Yorkshire Archive Service has published 600,000 new records online from the 1910 Finance Valuation Act records held at our Wakefield office.


Available online for the very first time, the collection gives information about the names and addresses of West Yorkshire residents in 1910.


To find out more, click here



Plans to for proposed Wakefield Archives to go on display


Plans for the redevelopment of the Kirkgate area of Wakefield are to go on display to give people the opportunity to share their views and comments.


To find out more, click here



Scheduled Collections work closure, 10th-14th March 2014


To find out more, click here



22.5 Million West Yorkshire Electoral Registers online


Ancestry.co.uk in partnership with West Yorkshire Archive Service has published over 22.5 million electoral records relating to residents of Surrey and West Yorkshire.


The registers are searchable by name, residence, constituency and year, and are a vital resource for those researching their West Yorkshire heritage. Unlike census records, published once every ten years, electoral records are updated yearly meaning you can track your ancestors’ movements on a year-by-year basis.


To find out more, click here



Collections Week, November 2013 – the results!


Once again all our offices were very busy during our Collections Week, this time held 4th-8th November.


Find out what we achieved click here



Explore Your Archive!


The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and The National Archives have come together to create a new campaign to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have, every day, on individual lives.


We are running a series of events to celebrate the heritage we care for, our amazing stories and to show how you how much fun you can have can exploring your local archive.


To find out more, click here



Death, Disaster and Dubious Dumplings: Life and Death in Victorian Yorkshire


There are many hidden gems in the collections held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service. Amongst these are a series of handwritten notebooks complied by Thomas Taylor, County Coroner from 1852–1900.


From mining disasters to natural causes, these notebooks record details of the inquests into sudden deaths, accidental demises and mysterious ends. Eye witness accounts and details of people’s lives are recorded, providing a fascinating insight into life and death in 19th century Yorkshire.


To find out how we can help you to find out more about these amazing records, click here


From Bread and Butter to Prison and Porridge


Skeletons in cupboards are part and parcel of doing a family history. Dark criminal secrets, missing ancestors and tales of past misdeeds litter the trail of most budding family historians. Often, these tales seem impossible to verify as the details are lost in the murky midsts of time.


But now, WYAS’s research service might just be able to help


Click here for more information: click here


Nostell Priory – Country House, Chippendale and Coal


West Yorkshire Archive Service is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £37,000 from the National Cataloguing Grants Fund to complete and improve the catalogue of the archives of the Winn family, Barons St Oswald of Nostell Priory.


Find out more,Click here



Heritage Lottery Fund Success


West Yorkshire Archive Service is pleased to announce that we have received initial support for a £3.6million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a new permanent home for Wakefield's archives


Find out more click on the image below



Unlocking the archives!


We're giving researchers an extra 10 ½ hours a week to consult the millions of documents in our care!


Our Wakefield office is opening on Fridays for the first time in 10 years and is also now able to provide a full service over lunchtime.


To find out more, click here




To us, everyone is a Celebrity


Let us give you the Star treatment!


Follow in the footsteps of Sir Patrick Stewart and see what our records can reveal about your family - we may have some surprises for you!


Find out more here




Searching for names? We’ve got over 20 million of them


Your ancestors may be found in The West Riding Registry of Deeds - a nationally unique resource for family historians.


To find out more about how our experienced staff can help you, click here





Luddite Bicentenary


2012 is the bicentenary year of the Luddites in West Yorkshire. In 1812 certain areas of the West Riding of Yorkshire saw major outbreaks of violence by people who have come to be known as 'Luddites'. The Luddites were mainly croppers, a small and highly skilled group of cloth finishers, who, at a time of the worst trade depression since the 1760s, facing deepening poverty, rising wheat prices and food scarcity, turned their anger on the new cropping machine, which they feared would put them out of work.

 

Find out more about our events and publications to commemorate the bicentenary here

 


 

Treasures of the West Yorkshire Archive Service

 

The top five treasures of the archives from a total of 25 nominations across WYAS have been chosen! Find out more information here.


 


 

Parish Registers on Ancestry


Parish Registers now available on Ancestry! See here





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