National Archives - Kew Tips?

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by von Poop, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    A welcome change at the Archies this morning - as the trains were all running well I arrived at about 08:10 and expected to sit in the foyer until 08:30 when you're allowed to go into the cafeteria. The attendant on duty told me to go straight in and said that, since yesterday (11/1/2018) Management had decided that visitors could go into the cafe from 08:00. The bad news is that this only benefits those not arriving by car as the car park will continue to open at 08:30. The Reading rooms continue too open at 09:00.
     
  2. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    No document ordering until 9:30 though and last orders at 4:00pm even on late opening nights.
     
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Maybe I'll park in front of the gate lock the car up and go and have a coffee at 8am and move the car in to the car park at 830, that'll make sense to them I'm sure.

    As for the new ordering times for file - pathetic ! They may as well shut everyday at 5pm now.
     
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  4. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    I get the impression that's definitely on the cards.
     
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  5. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The Archives seem to be losing their core focus - a recent questionnaire I was sent focused on Podcasts, Exhibitions and paid events and the fact that they have applied to the Local Authority for a late liquor license seems to reinforce this focus. The staff numbers of the reading rooms / security have been cut or leavers not replaced due to 'Government Cut-Backs' - a sad state of affairs for a World Class Institution
     
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  6. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    I filled in the questionnaire, and have since been reading the " Standard Selection Questionnaire" in connection with the 1921 Census tendering process.
    This isn't funny for the current Kew staff. I hope a few of them get together and challenge some of the pre-conditions ( " Viable commercial models that return an income stream to licensor partners"), and get themselves on the shortlist of potential suppliers, currently limited to five entities, companies, sole traders, whatever.
    Why only five ? The sums of money involved are potentially astronomical.
    They've got nothing to lose, the documentation I have seen is very badly drafted, for example:

    " The standard Selection Questionnaire is a self-declaration, made by you (the potential supplier), that you do not meet any of the grounds for exclusion.

    If there are grounds for exclusion, there is an opportunity to explain the background and any measures you have taken to rectify the situation (we call this self-cleaning)."

    I must go and self-clean my bicycle front wheel, I got a puncture yesterday riding on a WW2 airfield.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Is there a email address to send complaints to?
     
  8. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

  9. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Drew5233, Maybe at the same time send something to the DCMS it comes under their scope.
     
  10. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Anyone going to be at Kew next Saturday? I'm planning to go, if I can get into the car park.:rolleyes:

    I have also noted that England are playing at Twickenham so route planning might be important on way home that afternoon.

    Regards

    Tom
     
  11. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    Tom, car park tends to be OK now but barrier does not open until 8:30 am. Best to avoid Twickenham if there's a match on. Depends where you're headed but I divert via M4 when heading south. Adds a lot to mileage but about the same time as heading out through Twickenham, M3 to get onto M25 southbound.

    Lee
     
  12. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Lee,

    Thanks - good idea, I think I'll go out on M4 and then round to pick up M3 for journey southwards.

    Regards
    Tom
     
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  13. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    Meanwhile, travelling to Kew by Tube and by foot: look up to the skies !

     
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    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

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  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  16. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    Oh I'm going to moan, what else is there to do?:D
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    FFS Every time I open this thread now it's full of bad news lol
     
  18. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    Next up reduced opening hours I very much suspect.
     
  19. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    TNA's Twitter feed suggests that anyone wanting to leave feedback about changes to car parking can do so using this form Your views - Contact us

    Undoubtedly a pointless exercise as this whole car park issue has been deliberately engineered from the outset. But if enough people complain, particularly about the cost, they might reduce the proposed parking charges. Typical Government ploy from the brains of their Nudge Units is pitch high on the charge then counter complaints by 'listening to concerns' reduce the charge (e.g. drop it to 5 quid a day) then the Proles feel like they've had a victory and been part of the decision-making process.
     
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  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Lee, thanks for the update and link to form.
     
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