Secrets of the past revealed through technology

PUBLISHED: 12:36 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

Recorders of Uttlesford History: RHU celebrate the launch of the website at their AGM. Photo: Gordon Ridgewell

Recorders of Uttlesford History: RHU celebrate the launch of the website at their AGM. Photo: Gordon Ridgewell

THE SECRETS of the past are being revealed to a greater number of people through the medium of modern technology. The Recorders of Uttlesford History (RUF) have brought history up-to-date with the launch of a new website. Chairman of RUF Jacqueline Cooper

THE SECRETS of the past are being revealed to a greater number of people through the medium of modern technology.

The Recorders of Uttlesford History (RUF) have brought history up-to-date with the launch of a new website.

Chairman of RUF Jacqueline Cooper said: "The searchable website is a rich resource for those studying Uttlesford history. So far it has well over 150 pages full of village history, genealogical data, publications, maps and photographs and many more are in the pipeline."

Thanks to the popularity of shows such as the hit BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?, interest in family history is now more popular than ever.

The website, which can be found at http://www.recordinguttlesfordhistory.org.uk, is the first of its kind in Uttlesford and a treasure trove of local historical information.

"The website will now grow and grow," said Mrs Cooper. "The material

put on at the start is only a fraction of what is available, and new documents will be constantly added.

"I'm especially excited that the website enables a link to be made with the Historical Journal. This is a real red-letter day for the Recorders, and we hope that village communities will give their local representatives every support in helping to preserve the evidence of the past and go on recording the present day, both essential tasks in maintaining community identity."

The new website is also the vehicle for the purpose-built database called Recording Uttlesford History (RUtH), which is used by Recorders to catalogue local collections of archives. The initial batch, now online, includes catalogues of Radwinter, Chesterfords, Newport and Manuden, with Clavering and other parishes to follow. "These will be fully searchable and a great boon to family historians," said Mrs Cooper.

The site also offers access to useful indexes such as the town library material and indexed parish magazines.

Since it was established in 1998, the Recorders' group has built up a

network of 39 local historians in 46 parishes of north-west Essex. Their aim

is to try to conserve the records of the past and to collect for future archives.

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