Borthwick news

Find out about our exhibitions, projects, changes to opening times and other news.

For more in depth information about our projects and holdings, take a look at the Borthwick Institute blog.


Digital Preservation Awards 2016

Posted on Tuesday 29 November 2016

The winners of the Digital Preservation Awards will soon be announced!


Christmas break and December closures

Posted on Monday 21 November 2016

Our main searchroom will be closed across several days in December and during the Christmas break.


New digital preservation report released

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Final project report for Filling the Digital Preservation Gap is now available


Photographs from Retreat archive online

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2016

A collection of over 1500 photographs from the Retreat archive is now available to view online


Digital Preservation Awards finalist

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2016

We are finalists in the Research and Innovation Category of the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards!


Borthwick staff at the ARA conference

Posted on Friday 26 August 2016

Several members of Borthwick staff will be presenting at the Archives and Records Association conference this year.


Searchroom Closures - August and September

Posted on Friday 12 August 2016

The main searchroom will be closed or have limited opening across two days in August and September.


New exhibition at Fairfax House

Posted on Friday 29 July 2016

A number of our archives and special collections are on loan to Fairfax House for a major new exhibition.


Filming in the Searchroom, 25 July 2016

Posted on Wednesday 20 July 2016

Visitors should be aware that on Monday 25th July between 14:00 and 15:00 filming will be taking place in the searchroom.


Our excellent customer service

Posted on Tuesday 17 May 2016

For the third year running, Information Services (Library, IT and Archives) have successfully achieved the Customer Service Excellence Award.


Searchroom Closure

Posted on Tuesday 12 April 2016

During the morning of Monday 16 May the searchroom will be closed for a general staff meeting.


Have a look at our new catalogue

Posted on Wednesday 6 April 2016

A wealth of information about our holdings can now be accessed via our new online catalogue.


Can you help test our catalogue?

Posted on Thursday 24 March 2016

We are looking for people to test our new online catalogue before launch


Refurbishment of the Burton Reading Room

Posted on Monday 14 March 2016

The Burton Reading Room will be closed from Monday 14 March, and will remain closed throughout the Easter vacation.


Easter and May searchroom closures

Posted on Friday 11 March 2016

The main searchroom will be closed across several days for the Easter break and May Bank holidays.


Work Experience Placements

Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Borthwick Institute for Archives has an opportunity for University of York students interested in buildings history to work in a stimulating and fast-paced environment.


Launch of a digital goldmine: York’s Archbishops’ Registers online for first time

Posted on Monday 29 February 2016

The University of York will, on 1 March, launch a website that makes one of the most important collections of historical materials to survive in England today available online.


New report on digital preservation released

Posted on Friday 5 February 2016

A new report has been released detailing our work with the University of Hull to use Archivematica for the preservation of digital research data


Searchroom Closure

Posted on Friday 5 February 2016

During the morning of Monday 15 February the searchroom will be closed for a general staff meeting.


Setting standards in the Borthwick

Posted on Monday 1 February 2016

We set service standards for many aspects of the services that we deliver, and measure ourselves against them to ensure that we’re meeting your requirements.


Archives staff help make it a drier January for flood victims

Posted on Wednesday 13 January 2016

Experts at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York have stepped in to help householders and businesses save precious family mementos and important documents damaged by floods.


Need advice on flood-damaged documents?

Posted on Friday 8 January 2016

Following severe flooding in York and surrounding areas, we have put together the following guidance to help flood-hit residents and businesses recover important documents, photographs and books.


Christmas opening times

Posted on Wednesday 2 December 2015

We're making lots of preparations here ahead of the festive season with a few early presents in store if you can’t wait until the 25th!


Visiting the Borthwick - new access arrangements

Posted on Tuesday 24 November 2015

We're changing how you get into the Library buildings.


Car Parking Advice

Posted on Thursday 12 November 2015

The onset of the University term, combined with building work on our Heslington West campus is currently causing a shortage of pay and display parking spaces.


Searchroom closure

Posted on Wednesday 4 November 2015

During the morning on Tuesday 17 November the searchroom will be closed due to a general staff meeting.


Heidi Fraser-Krauss - our new Director

Posted on Thursday 1 October 2015

We're pleased to announce that Heidi Fraser-Krauss has now begun work in her new role as Director of Information Services and University Librarian. Heidi has been Deputy Director of Information and Head of IT Services for three years, having joined us from St Andrews in 2012.


Searchroom closures in August

Posted on Tuesday 18 August 2015

During the morning of Thursday 20 August and on Monday 31 August the searchroom will be closed due to a general staff meeting and the Bank holiday.


Filling the Digital Preservation Gap

Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2015

The Borthwick has been collaborating with colleagues at York and Hull to produce a report about the preservation of research data


Conservation Volunteering Opportunity

Posted on Thursday 2 July 2015

We are currently looking to recruit Conservation Volunteers for the surface cleaning of the Atkinson-Brierley Architectural Archive in the Borthwick Institute for Archives.


September Work Experience placements

Posted on Wednesday 17 June 2015

The Borthwick Institute for Archives has an opportunity for University of York students interested in buildings history to work in a stimulating and fast-paced environment.


Searchroom Closure

Posted on Wednesday 6 May 2015

During the morning on Monday 11 May the searchroom will be closed due to a general staff meeting.


Disruption to document production

Posted on Friday 24 April 2015

On Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 April there may be some disruption to our original document production service.


Reduced Service April 23rd to May 8th

Posted on Thursday 9 April 2015

Due to essential work on our air handling system, the search-room and microfilm room at the Borthwick Institute will be closed from Thursday April 23rd.


Further images from Retreat archive now available

Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2015

Over 75,000 digital images from the Retreat archive can now be viewed via the Wellcome Library website


Easter and May Bank Holiday service

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2015

The main searchroom will be closed across several days for the Easter break and May Bank holidays.


Work Experience placements

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

The Borthwick Institute for Archives has an opportunity for University of York students interested in buildings history to work in a stimulating and fast-paced environment.


Searchroom Closure

Posted on Friday 6 February 2015

During the morning on Monday 9 February the searchroom will be closed due to a general staff meeting.


First batch of Retreat archive online

Posted on Thursday 29 January 2015

The first batch of images from the Wellcome Library funded Retreat digitisation project are now available to view online


Low temperature in the searchroom

Posted on Monday 5 January 2015

We are experiencing some issues with the temperature levels in the Borthwick searchroom at present and as such it may be colder than usual.


Collections development and Christmas service

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

The main searchroom will be closed for one week commencing Monday 8th December for collection development.


Early closure, Tuesday 25 November

Posted on Monday 24 November 2014

On Tuesday 25 November the searchroom will close early at 3.00pm.


Our enquiry and reprographics service

Posted on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Due to an extraordinarily high demand, users of our enquiry and reprographics service may experience a longer response time than normal.


Access to the Retreat archive

Posted on Friday 17 October 2014

As we prepare the Retreat archive for digitisation, some disruption to access to the documents via the searchroom will be unavoidable.


Parish Records online

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Over 3.2 million entries from the historic Parish Registers and Bishops' transcripts which we care for are now available online in conjunction with Findmypast


Who were the Aero Girls?

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014

An exciting new virtual exhibition about the Aero Girls is now available


Service notice

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

On Monday 10 November please note that the searchroom will be closed for staff training and development.


Japanese collector donates medieval manuscripts

Posted on Wednesday 3 September 2014

A prominent Japanese academic has donated fragments of Latin medieval manuscripts and seven fragments of early printed books to the University of York.


Bank Holiday service

Posted on Wednesday 20 August 2014

On Monday 25 August the main searchroom will be closed for the Bank Holiday.


Searchroom Closure

Posted on Friday 25 July 2014

During the morning on Monday 18 August the searchroom will be closed due to staff meetings.


Searchroom closures

Posted on Monday 7 July 2014

Our main searchroom will be closed between 9-11 July.


Customer Service Excellence award for Library, IT and Archives

Posted on Tuesday 1 July 2014

The Information Directorate - Library, IT and Archives - has recently been accredited with the Customer Services Excellence (CSE) award.


War Memorials exhibition

Posted on Thursday 26 June 2014

An exhibition of architectural material from the Atkinson Brierley archive takes in the different forms in which First World War memorials were conceived and realised


Work Experience Placements available

Posted on Friday 20 June 2014

The Borthwick Institute for Archives has an opportunity for University of York students interested in buildings history to work in a stimulating and fast-paced environment.


The Pity of War

Posted on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Conflict and remembrance in the Special Collections at the University of York


Searchroom closures

Posted on Monday 17 March 2014

Over the Easter break and select days in May our main searchroom will be closed.


New Borthwick website launched

Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2014

We have redesigned our website and hope you will find the new structure clear and easy to navigate.


Who were the Aero Girls?

Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Talk & discussion exploring the mystery behind 20 enigmatic portraits used in Rowntree's 1950s Aero chocolate adverts


Changes to our reprographics service

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2013

Starting in January 2014, we will be making a number of changes to our reprographics service.


New exhibition - The Borthwick at 60

Posted on Tuesday 12 November 2013

While the University has been celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Borthwick Institute is commemorating its 60th birthday.


Announcing a new Opening Up Archives Event: Unwrapping the Chocolate City - Re-imagining the Chocolate Apple

Posted on Wednesday 6 November 2013

‌Part of a programme of ‘Opening Up Archives’ events being curated by our National Archives trainees Francesca Taylor and Kerstin Doble.


Explore Your Archive event: Arnold Rowntree and conscientious objection

Posted on Friday 1 November 2013

The life and beliefs of Arnold Rowntree, nephew of philanthropist and chocolate manufacturer Joseph Rowntree.


Closed week and Christmas opening hours

Posted on Tuesday 15 October 2013

The Borthwick's annual closure week will take place on the week commencing Monday 16 December 2013.


Announcing a new Opening Up Archives exhibition: Who were the Aero Girls? Discovering Hidden Art in the Archives

Posted on Tuesday 10 September 2013

This is the second event in our Opening Up Archives programme being curated by our National Archives trainees Kerstin Doble and Francesca Taylor.


Work experience placements

Posted on Monday 12 August 2013

Calling all budding archivists - the Borthwick Institute has an opportunity for all students of the University of York to join us in the archive for a week and work closely with original documents.


Microfilm Photography trial

Posted on Monday 11 February 2013

Starting on Monday 4 March 2013, visitors to the microfilm room should be aware that we will be starting a trial for permits allowing photography of microfilm entries. The trial will last for one month and will be free of charge - feedback from this service will be gratefully received.


Work experience placements

Posted on Friday 8 February 2013

Interested in a career in archives? The Borthwick has an opportunity for all students of the University of York to experience what it's like to work with original archival documents.


Self-service photography in the Searchroom

Posted on Friday 1 June 2012

From Wednesday 6 June, the Borthwick will now allow users to use their own camera in the searchroom for a fee.


New Cause Paper images online

Posted on Thursday 1 December 2011

Images from the digitisation of the York Cause Paper project are now online.


Exhibition: The Tuke family archive

Posted on Tuesday 3 May 2011

This exhibition highlights the richness of the Tuke family archive, cared for by the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.


Borthwick publications on Google Books

Posted on Tuesday 8 March 2011

Google books offers another way for you to access Borthwick publications.


On-line access to even more probate indexes and marriage bond indexes

Posted on Tuesday 8 March 2011

We are delighted to announce that our partner, the UK internet genealogical specialists Origins, now has the probate indexes for the Prerogative and Exchequer Courts of York, 1688-1858, all the peculiar court probate indexes, and all the probate records before 1500.


Digitisation of the York Cause Papers

Posted on Tuesday 8 March 2011

We are very pleased to announce we have been successful in securing funding from JISC to help us take forward our Cause Paper Digitisation.


New publications

Posted on Sunday 12 September 2010

All our books can be purchased from the University of York online store.


New accessions

Posted on Tuesday 22 December 2009

The following collections are now available for public consultation in the Borthwick's searchrooms.


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