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Malton Library Comes to the Rescue of Downton Abbey.

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8:19am 18th January 2013

The stars of the television hit drama Downton Abbey have been catching up on the news from North Yorkshire, with the help of North Yorkshire County Council’s libraries and records office staff.


When the production team wanted a 1922 edition of the Yorkshire Gazette to copy as a prop for the show, they turned to Malton Library for help.  And although the library’s original copies of the historic newspaper were too fragile to use, the archives team at the County Records Office in Northallerton say they stepped in to make a high-fidelity copy using their state-of-the-art digital scanner.


“North Yorkshire’s libraries and the county record office are a treasure trove of historic and important documents, and it was very gratifying that we were able to help the producers of this hugely popular programme with some authentic material,” said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Library and Information Services.


The old copy of the Yorkshire Gazette, from April 1922, was chosen from the library archive by Julie Atkinson, the Service Development Officer at Malton Library.


“The producers wanted to create a mock-up of the paper for an episode they will be filming later this year, and it was important to find a copy which was in clear enough condition for their graphics team to work from,” she said.


“Although the original newspaper is in a fragile condition, we were able to get it scanned by Clare Farley in the Reprographics department at the County Records Office, and the finished scans will be delivered to the Downton Abbey team this month.”

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