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Collections Development

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Bedfordshire Archives Service has acknowledged strengths and weaknesses in its holdings - it is eager to turn weaknesses into strengths and also to further boost existing strengths.

Strengths in our countywide coverage

  • Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions archives
  • Local authority archives (County, District and Borough Councils)
  • Town and Parish Council archives
  • Ecclesiastical parish records
  • Nonconformist church records (especially Methodist archives)
  • Family and estate archives
  • Title deeds and related documents
  • Prison records
  • Military records
  • Hospital and mental health records
  • Illustrations
  • Genealogical material
  • Records of agriculture, husbandry and land management
  • Solicitors records

Weaknesses in our countywide coverage

  • Minority groups - ethnic minorities and non-Christian religions
  • Local authority archives (unitary authorities)
  • Business archives - especially local and smaller businesses and industries
  • Political papers - of parties, societies and individual politicians
  • Records of trades unions and of pressure groups
  • Records of voluntary services
  • Clubs and Societies - social, recreational and sporting