Documents and records dating back to 1892 that were in danger of decay now have a secure home in Northallerton.
Having spent much of their life in dusty attics or damp back rooms, the minute books, entry records and other precious records outlining the history of the Wensleydale Agricultural Show have been handed over to North Yorkshire Libraries Achieve Service for safekeeping.
Karin Sedgwick is a member of the Wensleydale Show committee. She explained: “ Following the society’s 100th show last year, a decision was reached to give the records to the North Yorkshire Libraries Archives in order that they be preserved for future generations.
“I would like to think that we are setting a good example which others may follow; these sort of documents are an invaluable record of the origins and history of the Wensleydale Show.”
With nearly 6 miles of shelving, the archive service already holds millions of records, deeds, and documents. The oldest of which dates back to the 12th century; they also have Henry VIII’s signature and their strangest resident is a rather elderly loaf.
Margaret Boustead is Head of Archives and Records Management. She believes there are possible many other valuable records still in the community. She said: “ Today’s gift will help us record and preserve information for future generations who may wish to carry out research or are interested in agricultural shows generally.”
Ms Boustead appealed for others to follow the example shown by the Wensleydale Show Committee. She said: “ There are many records and documents that we would be happy to accept.
“Things do not have to be especially old to be of interest to us. We would ask please consider us first before disposing of anything potentially valuable.
“We are always available for advice and can come and look if travelling is a problem.”
For further information on records held by North Yorkshire Libraries archive service visit http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/.