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Saturday 30 June 2012

Grab your chance to see our rich sporting heritage


As Olympics fever grips Britain – now is your chance to see Cheshire’s own fantastic sporting records at first hand.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies service is putting on a FREE event to enable people to see our sports collections in action.

Are you fascinated by local history and involved with a Cheshire sporting organisation? Do you want to make sure your own archives and records survive? Can we help with advice on collecting and caring for your sporting history? – then this event is for you.

The open evening includes an exhibition of sport-related photographs and documents, a film screening – showing fascinating footage of an all-female mountaineering expedition to climb the Himalayan peak Cho Oyu in 1959 – expert advice, behind-the-scenes tours, a guest speaker from Anfield Bicycle Club and refreshments.

The free event takes place on Friday, July 20, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Cheshire Record Office, in Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RL.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of corporate policy, said: “Cheshire has a rich history of proud sporting organisations so it is excellent news for everyone that we get the chance to show off our collection in this way.

“Cheshire East Council always strives to enhance community life and offer educational events that are great fun for everyone.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Heritage Champion for Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “Our archives are a fascinating and fantastic resource – so this event is a great opportunity for people to be able to view our sporting and cultural heritage and local history.”

The open evening is likely to prove a popular event – so to avoid disappointment, reserve your free tickets by ringing the record office on 01244 972559 or emailing them at:

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies is a shared service for Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The service collects and preserves historical records and the local studies collection relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge. 

Our research service can assist members of the public who are unable to visit the office.  We also seek to promote awareness and interest in archives and local studies by participating in events and giving talks on a variety of topics.

For more information visit the services website at:

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