A NATIONAL campaign has started to promote the county's archive service.
Archive Awareness Month aims to tell people about the importance of archives to everyday life.
West Yorkshire Archive Service is opening its doors across the county.
Visitors will be able to see how documents such as council records and church registers are stored, as well as seeing how they are conserved.
As part of Archive Awareness Month there will be a free local and family history day at Bagshaw Museum, Batley, between 1pm and 4pm on September 21.
Archive staff will be available for advice on researching the past.
Katie Norgrove, Archive Awareness Month's co-ordinator, said: "70% of us have watched history on TV, but less than 5% of us have visited an archive - although we've all got memories in a box of letters and photos under the bed.
"Archives are the nation's `box under the bed' and have something to offer everyone."
Clr Graham Clarke, chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services said:
"I hope the public will feel encouraged to go to the archive open days and see the wealth of archive material in the region."
For more details log on to www.historytoherstory.org.uk or www.movinghere.org.uk
For details of how to get to the archive offices visit www.wyjs.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org