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Record Offices - Dress Code? and Situations Vacant

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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 May 2006 22:28

''Normal'' wear, Merry. Going to Winchester ?

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 7 May 2006 22:36

Oh Joy....I'm not going anywhere! Was just wondering......! Merry

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 May 2006 22:40

Just thinking that was nearest. Nice helpful staff there. :-)


Elaine Report 7 May 2006 22:49

Definitly a cardi....Surrey History Centre 2 weeks ago had air conditioning set at Arctic conditions,kept needing the loo,then worked out that the air con vent was right under my foot and blowing up leg of my jeans.There I was thinking it was down to my age................ Elaine


Phoenix Report 7 May 2006 22:52

Real documents, as opposed to virtual ones, are FILTHY, so wear clothes the same colour. As handbags are forbidden, you can either wear a fetching bumbag or like me opt for the Michael Foot look with bulging pockets for the Carn ticket, loose change, locker key, assorted pencils etc. Real anoraks wear gloves. I've not gone that far yet, but did once resort to fingerless gloves when the heating wasn't working.

Jess Bow Bag

Jess Bow Bag Report 7 May 2006 22:52

ankle socks and sandals with a worn out kagoul, worn with a over stretched knitted woolly beret is always ...erm... acceptable. Oh , and a shopping trolley , ideally with a squeaky wheel, containly essentilas like your flack and sandwiches in their 'Mothers Pride' bread bag. Bloater paste butties ensure un - cramped seating in the rest area

Sue in Devon

Sue in Devon Report 7 May 2006 23:01

As a newish family hunter i`m about to pay my first visit to a records office, so nice to know exactly how to prepare for the occasion. shall I borrow hubby`s gardening hat, it would seem to fit the generally accepted ensemble? Sue heading for Exeter. ps any one know the temperature in that office?


Elizabeth Report 7 May 2006 23:15

Keith!!! Keith!!! While you were in the Chelmsford office, you didn't see my William Ketley frozen in a corner did you? It's the only place I haven't looked..


Heather Report 7 May 2006 23:17

Blimey, Merry, are you going to be able to walk with all this lot on? Why not go the whole hog and get a space suit? Id suggest, long grey cardie with pockets that are stretched with the weight of all the stuff you didnt want to put in the locker but now dont know what to do with. Glasses if you wear them, if not, wear some from pound land anyway, makes you look a bit more like a blue stocking (no, not blue stockings). And you can take them off seductively and shake your hair when you are chatting up the 70 year old anorak next to you because you cant feed the film through your rotten machine. Brogues, preferably brown with little flappy bits on the front and your tweedy socks showing just an inch or so below your tweedy trousers. Hair band to drag it all back as it keeps getting under the microfiche magnifier and you think a tarantula has got in the place. Jess probably takes her roller machine - I dont think you smoke do you? But take some tissues - nothing worse than sneezing or a runny nose and no tissues - though you will have the cardie sleeves I suppose. Have the kids got a big magnifying glass? Hang that round your neck, it will get appreciative looks of envy from newbies who can see you obviously are an old hand at this.(Just make sure you dont sit in a position where the sun can shine through it) A trolley so you can be wheeled in under the weight of all the stuff peeps have suggested Oh, and enjoy!


Michael Report 7 May 2006 23:24

Make that a container lorry! Thanks for the advice Keith as I am hoping to head for Chelmsford at some point. Do you think I could set a record for the fastest unsupported solo trek to the Bishop's Transcripts?


Heather Report 7 May 2006 23:25

Thats a thought Merry, better take a couple of Sherpas with you.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 8 May 2006 08:01

Just noticed that my ''tips for research at records offices, libraries, and Family Records Centre, please add'' was added to yesterday. Maybe it could be put in here? then I could delete that one?

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 8 May 2006 08:07

Hmmmm Joy, wasn't your thread supposed to be serious?!!! (wasn't trying to step on it's toes!) Merry


Heather Report 8 May 2006 09:15

Id say stick with the train spotter gear but for a bit of added originality wear the Mr Spock ears.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 8 May 2006 09:26

Merry!! - moi? Serious?........ irony is my middle name!!.... :-)


Heather Report 8 May 2006 09:47

Of course, you do often meet our american cousins at these offices - so any GR members from across the Atlantic, the dress code for you is slightly different. You keep the same world weary look (accompanied by the occasional deep sigh) but you wear a light coloured flat cap or a sun visor, tinted glasses, light coloured short sleeved shirt, off white anorak (well, is it an anorak without the hood - no probably a windcheater), pale cream cargo trousers and well buffed leather loafers (which you bought in a posh shop in Regent Street the day before). Like Brenda, who must aspire to be a Yank, you have a 'fanny bag' round your hips.(No, this isnt for collecting the Fannies you find in your search - though Gramps probably would - but for your camera and hotel key). And you dont speak in hushed tones when you ask the staff anything - you have to make sure the whole room knows you are from Connecticut or Long Island or Pennsylvania and that you have come to find your ancestors ................................(fill in the surnames, usually Smith, Jones or whatever the local equivalent of Smith and Jones is) and oh, do let us know where you are staying and what you think of the weather.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 8 May 2006 10:08

..... + mischievous.... :-) ........... ah the A blue.... :-)


Angela Report 8 May 2006 10:29

I have always gone in whatever was warm and comfortable for sitting around for a long time. Oh, and comfy shoes for all that leaping up and down to collect things. The dress code appears to me to be: If you are over 25 stone (which of course you're not) then cropped stretch leggings and a tight teeshirt. If you are over 85 then anything tweedy with leather elbow patches is essential. Anything in between then think Miss Marple meets Victor Meldrew.


Heather Report 8 May 2006 10:54

And have you noticed how you quite often get a husband and wife team working in tandem? Boy, the words 'wild horses' and 'snowball in hell' come to mind when I think of my hubby and records offices.


Angela Report 8 May 2006 10:58

I wouldn't want mine coming with me. He would just get in the way.