A talk given by David Llewellyn about Haverfordwest Records Office gave an unexpected insight into the process of maintaining records and objects. Their earliest document is signed by Oliver Cromwell, dating from 1272, and the newest is a copy of last week’s local paper!
The new building in Prendergast has much improved facilities compared to the previous Castle site. There is a public viewing room for getting advice from staff, studying documents and using computers to go online.
Out of sight is a restoration area used to restore documents and prevent them deteriorating, and a large archive storage room. This is a sturdily built room that is temperature and humidity controlled, has a four hour fire resistance and withstands flooding.
Some of the more common uses of the facilities are for Family History searches, building or boundary disputes and school projects about local people or places.
David gave an interesting and entertaining talk that had us all captivated.
Pembrokeshire Archives, part of Pembrokeshire County Council