Local Studies Toolkit
Local museums can sometimes provide information about the landscape and human history of your local area. It is worth visiting your local museum to see if you can find out more about where you live.
Museums can also provide an insight into the types of finds and sites that have been discovered in your area.
Objects and family items may have specific local connections and identifying what they are can add depth to your research. Some museums have an ‘identifying' service which may help you.
Warwickshire County Museums:
Market Hall Museum
Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SA
Tel: 01926 412500
St John's House Museum
St John's, Warwick CV34 4NF
Tel: 01926 412021/412132
There are also established museums in the Warwickshire districts of Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and Rugby.
Local Heritage Centres and town museums are often a good source of specific knowledge about the immediate locality.
Warwickshire also has a Community Museums Officer. Information and advice about local museums, heritage centres, events and relevant local training can be obtained by contacting the local officer. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) provides advice for finders of archaeological objects. The Finds Liaison Officer for Warwickshire and Worcestershire can be reached on 01905 721130. Finds identification days are often held locally.