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Discovering Northumberland’s historic past

Northumberland is full to the brim with hidden gems of historic knowledge if you know where to look.

Fortunately, Northumberland Archives make it easy for you to get your hands on the treasures of the county’s past.

The archives are the latest organisation to get on-board as a supporter of the countywide campaign, Discover our Land.

The new video, which will be shared across the campaign’s social media channels and on the website, focuses on how Northumberland Archives are dedicated to preserving the past and how they are encouraging people interested in local history to explore the huge range of facilities.

Visitors to Northumberland Archives are able to research almost any aspect of the history of Northumberland - many services users research the history of their family, property or community looking at sources such as memorial inscriptions, parish registers, obituaries, estate records, maps and plans and much more.

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism said: “Northumberland has a fascinating past for people to discover and by exploring the archives, you can experience your own treasure hunt for knowledge.

The Discover Northumberland campaign is passionate about the rich heritage of our county and the value of preserving the past for future generations to unearth, so we are really pleased that Northumberland Archives are supporting the campaign. They are a brilliant advocate to have on-board, keeping the history of this diverse county alive.”

Sue Wood, Head of Archives at Northumberland Archives said: “Northumberland Archives is the archive service for the whole of Northumberland which is England’s most northerly county and the history of this border county is vast, spreading over hundreds of years.

We collect records relating to the history of Northumberland and its communities, so it’s fantastic to be supporting this campaign to showcase the heritage of the whole county.”

To watch the Northumberland Archives video click here.

Northumberland Archives has two service points - Woodhorn, near Ashington, and Berwick-upon-Tweed Records Office. Visit for more information.

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