How To Use This Toolkit

Have you ever wondered about the history of your area or felt that studying historic documents is too daunting - then the local studies toolkit is here to help. 

Within the toolkit you will find

  • An explanation of what primary and secondary sources are and why they might be useful to you.
  • Examples of some primary and secondary sources.
  • Advice about where to find historic documents and information.
  • People and organisations that you can turn to for help and advice.
  • A brief introduction to the history and landscape of Warwickshire to help you understand the county a little better.
  • Information sheets which will help you use maps and care for historic documents and objects.
  • A bibliography which will provide you with some suggestions for further reading.
  • A glossary containing terms that may be new to you.


 This toolkit is not designed to be read from cover to cover but instead be a companion to your research.  Each section can be read on its own when you need it. 

Perhaps you want to know what a primary source is or where you can find out about archaeological sites in your area - all you need to do is go to the correct section (which you can find via the navigation links).

Finally, just remember that documentary research is not as difficult as you think!

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