Pets in Diaries at Hampshire Record Office

Today almost half of British homes contain at least one pet animal. A recent survey found that eighty-nine percent of owners considered them to be part of the family. Although people have had pets for hundreds of years, pet-keeping as we know it today didn’t emerge until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Jennie Gauntlett Hill and her cat, Trix, ref 130M82/52-p26. Continue reading “Pets in Diaries at Hampshire Record Office”


Mysteries in the archives

In most of our blog posts, we take the opportunity to introduce you to documents held at Hampshire Record Office that we know something about. The main qualification for items to appear this week, by contrast, is that we don’t know much about them, or at any rate not as much as we should like to.

When we catalogue documents, we do try to work out the places and people that they relate to, although this can take a little detective work: sometimes, for instance, we can identify the location of a building shown in a photograph by comparing it with other photographs of a likely building. Most of the photographs that we receive arrive as part of the archive of a family, an estate or an organisation, and that can give us a clue to the likely location.

There are times, however, when there are no clues that give us any idea of the likely area to look in. It’s frustrating to think that a photograph we are struggling to identify may be the only illustration we hold of a particular scene, but if we cannot work out where it was taken, future researchers will be unable to make use of it.

f 79a01-G1-05Can you identify this pub?

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We’re all going on a summer holiday!

Not long after I started working at Hampshire Record Office, I was sorting documents for customers in the search room and amongst them were a number of travel diaries.  I remember looking through them and being captivated by the amount of detail and impressive sketches included within.   The longer, lighter days, warmer weather and recent bank holiday weekends have got me thinking about holidays, travel and in particular these diaries.   Continue reading “We’re all going on a summer holiday!”