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This is a backup of the West Yorkshire Archive Service's "Off the Record" wiki from 2015. The live went offline in 2016 and remains unavailable.

What is Off The Record?

Off The Record is West Yorkshire Archive Service's new online knowledge bank.

It is a place for staff and users to contribute information about WYAS’s collections and the people, places, and topics these collections cover.

The content on these pages is designed to offer information additional to that in the WYAS Catalogue, Collections and User Guides and on the main West Yorkshire Archive Service website. The text on these wiki pages can be edited and added to by registered members of Off The Record.

You will find information on types of records, archive collections, individuals and societies. Off The Record also includes information on where to find types of records not held by the Archive Service.

The West Yorkshire Archive Service does not vouch for the accuracy of the information held within the Wiki.

What technology does Off The Record use?

Off The Record is a wiki which is a kind of website which allows the sharing of information and online collaboration. This wiki is built using MediaWiki, the same technology pioneered by Wikipedia the online encyclopaedia.

How can I contribute?

There are many ways of contributing. Please see Help:What can I contribute?

What is West Yorkshire Archive Service?

West Yorkshire Archive Service exists to preserve the county's heritage of historical documents and to help members of the public make use of them. The Service is funded by the five Metropolitan District Councils in West Yorkshire, and forms part of West Yorkshire Joint Services.

The Service has its headquarters in Wakefield, and offices in Bradford, Calderdale (Halifax), Kirklees (Huddersfield), and Leeds. Anyone interested in the history of Yorkshire, who would like to discover what records have survived, is welcome to visit any of the above five offices. There is no charge for personal visitors, except for copies of documents. The Service also offers a research service.

Whatever the purpose of your research or the subject of your enquiry, the Archive Service welcomes your interest in our collections.

If you have recently made a visit to one of our offices to view a document, or are engaged in academic or personal research into any topic about the history of West Yorkshire (or the West Riding) we encourage you to contribute to Off The Record and share your knowledge with others interested in the history of West Yorkshire. For more information on WYAS please go to West Yorkshire Archive Service website

To give feedback on Off The Record please Contact Us