14) Obtaining resources
Collecting material to help you with a local study of your park should not be too difficult. Below are places to contact and websites to visit. As more and more collections are being digitised it will become easier to source material online and add to your bank of material.
Your local archives will usually hold considerable historical material relating to your park. Some have education officers who can help you identify the most suitable sources. Most have microfiche and microfilm of local census records to enable you find records of people who lived in or around the park.
Your local library may hold publications about your park; larger libraries with local history sections will often hold archive material, including prints, old newspapers and a range of other printed ephemera.
Contact the ‘Friends of the park’. They may be able to provide information and images or be willing to come into school to talk about their experiences or recollection.
Contact your local parks and gardens department, park ranger or park keeper to help you find material.
Contact your local history society for information (your local studies library should have contact details).
Contact your local museum to see what they can offer.
Contact your local newspaper, parish newsletter or gazetteer to place an advert for information or people who can help.
For background information about your local park. Many records include photographs.www.heritageexplorer.org.uk
For free downloadable images of historic photographs of parks throughout the country. Also includes the extensive collection of historic postcards of parks photographed by Nigel Temple. Once you have registered, type in ‘gardens’ and the name of your town or city.www.bing.com/maps and www.multi-map.com
For free downloadable aerial views or maps.www.old-maps.co.uk
For old maps around the country (fee payable).www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/index.asp
For free extracts from local trade directories published for your area.www.ancestry.co.uk
For census details (fee payable).
Visit your local council’s website.