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Parents of School Pupils

Work experience placements

Project work

We welcome school pupils who visit our record offices to do research for their local history projects. An email to us in advance of a visit can be useful as this gives us the opportunity to provide advice as to the location of useful resources. Historical documents are held by our record offices, and printed material is held by the William Salt Library, which focuses on local and general history, as well as by local public libraries. We also provide a range of online resources, a list of which is given at the end of this section.

A booking should be made before visiting us, and proof of your identity brought at the time of the first visit. This enables us to ensure the security of unique and irreplaceable historical documents. Please look at the Planning a Visit section of the Archive Service’s main website to find the addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and opening hours for our offices, as well as what documentation is required to prove identity.

When your child visits us they will find friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be pleased to give them advice and assistance. Some parents find it helpful to accompany their child on their first visit.


Online Resources:

 Gateway to the Past Online Catalogue Contains descriptions of documents held by the Archive Service, books and other printed material held by the William Salt Library, and objects and artworks held by the Arts and Museum Service.

 Archive Discovery Zone Contains links to a wide variety of resources, including our online exhibitions on a range of subjects; the Developing Your Knowledge and Skills page providing links to e-learning resources; Staffordshire Views - a collection of historic images of buildings and landscapes.

 Staffordshire PlacesProviding examples of standard documentation for the history of places.

 Staffordshire Pasttrack Contains featured content from the Archive Service, the William Salt Library and the Arts and Museum Service.

Work experience placements

The Archive Service works with a number of high schools to provide work experience placements. If your child is interested in history and would like to gain some experience of working with historical records they should speak to the teacher at their school who is responsible for arranging work experience placements. Their form teacher will be able to tell them who that is.

Once your child has had the opportunity to discuss this with their work placement tutor, either they or their tutor should write to Thea Randall, Head of Archive Services in order to arrange the work experience placement.

Contact us

E-mail: Thea Randall

Please note that we have a limited number of placement opportunities available each year, so please plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

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