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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 both the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and the HCC Record Office, both in Winchester.

Members of the Society have been busy working on a heritage project with The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester.  The Museum has in its collection many military uniforms, some going back to the eighteenth century.  Not all of these are on display, so protective covers were needed for those kept in storage.  A team of eight volunteers made 85 covers for the uniforms, and have just handed them over.  The material used was Tyvek, which will keep the uniforms dry and free from rot, mildew and moth.  With this phase of the project complete, the next stage is to make covers for the larger army great-coats.  Click here to see what the RHR Museum have put on their blog about us!

The Record Office holds all the Hampshire tithe maps from the mid 1800s, and makes them freely available for anyone who wishes to view them, 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 on 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).