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.


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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