Help with your Research
If you are unable to visit, or feel you do not have the skills or the time to carry out research yourself, we may be able to help. Our volunteers can, for example, research aspects of your family history, the transcription of wills, or the investigation of house, farm or business histories within our area. We can also carry out focussed searches, e.g., of parish records or memorial inscriptions. Why not phone or email us, or better still if you live locally, call and talk with our staff about the help you need.
The Archive Centre comprises a small office and an archive room housing the document collections, reference tools, maps, photographs and a small book collection. The office has two computers, one with databases providing an index to our collections. Internet access is available. We also have A4 and A3 colour printer/scanners, microfilm and fiche readers (although most of our microfilm records are also accessible in a digital format). Visitors can carry out research in the Centre without charge, and can call upon the help of the volunteer on duty. However, charges are made for computer and microfilm reader use, photocopying and for the personal use of a digital camera. These charges are detailed below.
The strength of CDAC is the availability of a comprehensive range of historic material on the area it serves, and its immediate accessibility. If you are visiting from afar you should be aware of limitations of space and opening times and prepare in advance with these constraints in mind. In-depth research on family or house history can be carried out by our volunteers, for which the costs should be agreed beforehand.