This prolonged and painstaking project involved the photographing of Somerset tithe apportionment documents, parish by parish and their transfer on to CDs so that they could be worked on at home, either in the UK or abroad. Some members of the Friends worked upon the actual documents in the Heritage Centre. The completed transcriptions were co-ordinated by a designated archivist, are stored at the South West Heritage Centre and are available for public reference.
The Dickinson collection, a substantial hoard of documents covering several centuries of the history of a merchant family originally from Bristol finally came into the full possession of the Somerset Archives and Local Studies in 2011. It was conserved, indexed and catalogued by professional archivist staff and volunteers from the Friends of Somerset Archives and was completed in 2015. It is now fully available for public reference.
We are in active negotiation with the South West HeritageTrust in order to choose a suitable conservation or archiving project and anticipate that a suitable one will soon be chosen, thus providing an interesting challenge for members for several years to come.