Monday, 20 June 2011

News - Snapshots of medieval life to go online

MEDIEVAL records of life in Notts will be made available with the launch of an online register full of historical gems.

The Manorial Documents Register contains details of court records, surveys, maps and documents about land boundaries from medieval times.

It includes Notts historical information from as far back as the 14th century – such as the hanging of a thief and men accused of sheep rustling being put in shackles.

People will be able to access information about more than 200 manors in Nottinghamshire through the register.

Councillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, said: "These records contain a rich and interesting history about life in Nottinghamshire in the middle ages.

"The database will signpost people to relevant sources and help to bring mediaeval history to everyone's fingertips."

Mark Dorrington, of Nottinghamshire Archives, said the electronic project only took five months to complete but the written register has been compiled since 1926.

He said: "Previously the only place historical records like this could be consulted was at the National Archives at Kew.

"The project's aim was to computerize and revise the records, which have existed for decades, so there is a wealth of fascinating information available at the click of a button."

The online record has been compiled by Nottinghamshire County Council's Archives team in conjunction with the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections department.

Councillor John Cottee will officially announce the introduction of the online register at Nottinghamshire Archives at 10am tomorrow.

This will be followed by a series of talks from 10.15am about the register, which are open to the public.

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