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The Arts Society's Heritage Volunteers undertake projects for museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries, gardens and other organisations.  We give our time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards.

Currently, our society is involved in three projects, working with the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and the HCC Record Office, both in Winchester, as described below.

Having completed a project with The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester, word has spread amongst the museum community, and we are now working on a similar sewing project with The Adjutant General's Corps Museum.  Like the RHR Museum, the AGC Museum has many military uniforms in its collection, some going back to the eighteenth century.  Not all of these are on display, so protective covers are needed for those kept in storage.  Our volunteers are making these covers from a man-made material called Tyvek, which will keep the uniforms dry and free from rot, mildew and moth.  Click here to see what the RHR Museum put on their blog about us, and if you would like to take part in this project, please contact us (details at the bottom of this page).

The Hampshire Record Office holds all the Hampshire tithe maps from the mid 1800s, and makes them freely available for anyone who wishes to view them at the Record Office, whether for personal or business use.  These are an important part of our heritage, and are regularly accessed by people researching their family history, or the history of their home or locality.  The maps have been scanned in so that they can be viewed online.  However, to make them usable, volunteers are needed to transcribe the information on the maps, and the associated 'awards' or schedules.  These awards list the owners, occupiers and value of the plots of land and property, and give the land use, such as arable, pasture, garden, forest, etc.

Wessex Film & Sound Archive at the Record Office holds all kinds of film and sound recordings to do with Hampshire.  They are looking for volunteers to document the films in order to make the catalogue 'searchable' online.  The subject matter could be anything from air shows in the 1980s to 1930s street scenes.

For more information about these projects, please contact Vivienne Jarvis by email or phone (01264 358065).