Pounds 378,000 Grant to Open Up Archives; INFORMATION BOOST AS HISTORY RECORDED AND LIBRARIES GO ONLINE

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Byline: ARRYN BUGGINS

THE office that holds Warwickshire's historical documents has been successful in applying for a lottery grant to open up more county secrets.

And it comes in the week that general library services have gone online and are now available to everyone 24 hours a day from their computer, either at home or work, at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wild.

A regional consortium of 14 county record offices - including Warwick- shire's - based in Priory Park, Warwick, has been granted pounds 378,000 to improve public access to archives.

The Pay and Power project means previously unlisted collections, such as the records of the Holbech family of Farnborough Hall, in south Warwickshire, can be captured digitally and made available to the public.

The Holbech family has lived at Farnborough Hall, in south Warwickshire, for 300 years.

The grounds of the stone house, looked after by the National Trust, contain 18th-century temples, a terrace walk and an obelisk.

The family archives contain a wealth of material dating from the 18th century, including account books, correspondence and newspaper cuttings. …