National Archives - Kew Tips?

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

  1. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Must admit I haven't been keeping track of the releases of these. TNA published a projected timetable for releases, not sure how they have been keeping to it or not. The AIR 81s go quiet for long periods which are broken by large releases at once.
  2. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Came across this article regarding the New Zealand National archives; it appears that other researchers are having trouble at thier public institutions! Here this is about cutting of reading hours

  3. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    I have one suggestion that may put a rocket up the TNA; if for one week (5 days) researchers decided not to visit Kew it would send a message, a weeks worth of revenue gone from parking, copying, beverages, 'food', nothing bought from the gift shop. A large chunk of money that would not go into their coffers. The very least it would signal to the 'Top Brass' that a large section of researchers could mobilise and at times refuse to use the service leaving them a little strapped.

    It still rankles that they took away Mondays; it's a great shame that there is not TNA 'whistleblower'; would love to here what is actually going on and what their thought processes are.

    Re: WO 416 cards I have never understood the need to keep these cards closed on the grounds of privacy except for those that incude an X-Ray! I chased these cards since they were at Portsmouth back in 2012, then when they were moved and being assessed at MOD Hist, as there are no personal comments made in the cards, I assume like others that a digitisation deal was done with Find My Past or Ancestry. WO 344 have more personal details, even accusing some of the worst crimes! From two different soldiers I found accusations made of the same man in the 6th Airborne Division of stealing patients personal effects!

    I think it is the MP Helen Whatley that oversees TNA, have to wait and see after the reshuffle this week. A letter is always a good start to flag up issues.
  4. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

  5. Listy

    Listy Active Member

    Glad to see I'm not the only one unhappy about this.

    I've lobbed an email at my local MP, I would suspect that is the correct course of action.
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  6. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    That'll save us all that tedious primary research, especially now there's not enough room or time for us to do it. Our betters can decide what we should know and inform us through the medium of interpretative dance!
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  8. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

  9. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    I was there yesterday, and on the first floor there was tables set out with fine silver by the looks of it and chandeliers, obviously for the launch thing.
    On another note, very few people in the reading room, probably about 60 maximum. When I had finished my bulk order, at about 2pmish, I booked my self a seat. Only 17 available!!! Some tables weren't even occupied.
    When I left at 6.30 ish, there were only about a dozen people still in there. but as it was a Wednesday might have been the reason.

    Also I did not see as many staff about at all.....

  10. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  11. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised they haven't taken advantage of the current threat to health and safety posed by the great unwashed and just shut the doors anyway. It is what they are longing to do.
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  12. idler

    idler GeneralList

    If they come under the Home Office, let's hope it gets Priti interesting...
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  13. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Link to National Archives research guides that may be of interest to some. Note that these are guides to assist further research and not free access to individual records. It shows what is around and also covers family history research in general.
    Research guides - The National Archives
  14. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

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  15. IKE26

    IKE26 Active Member

    Combat gallantry awards could be bulk-downloaded. They are all digitised.

    Anyone knows if there are other interesting documents to download about italian campaign?
  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Is there a date on that article. They said on twitter the other day they were looking to open next month with a reduced service.
  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I think the article is about two weeks old.
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  19. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    A more positive update from TNA:

    Since mid-March, our iconic and much-loved building in Kew has been silent. With our reading rooms closed, the vast majority of our staff working from home and many of our usual services suspended, we have focused on bringing you more digital content and online resources. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy our online talks, podcasts, free downloads of digital records available through our website and our ever-popular research guides and education resources.

    Following recent government announcements, I am delighted that our reading rooms in Kew will re-open on 21 July 2020. It’s wonderful to know that visitors will again be able to use our reading rooms and have access to our collection of original documents.

    The re-opening will be a gradual process and The National Archives will look and feel very different to what you are used to. We’ll be providing limited access to parts of the building and our services will operate differently for the time being.

    In recent weeks, we’ve been busy preparing and introducing new measures.

    • We will be introducing a booking system. All visits will need to be pre-booked and we will ask everyone to pre-plan and order all documents in advance
    • You will notice a new document delivery process to protect you, our staff and to ensure the correct handling and quarantine of documents
    • A one-way system will be in place around the building with signage to help with social distancing. There will also be rigorous cleaning throughout the day.
    You can find more information on our website about how to book, our new safety arrangements, and what to expect when you visit.

    The safety of our visitors and staff is paramount to the decision we have taken to re-open our reading rooms. We will keep all of our opening arrangements under constant review, and would welcome your feedback over the coming weeks.

    I’m pleased to say that, for the time being, we will also continue to provide free downloads of our digital collection on our website, along with a huge number of research guides, resources and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for your continued support of The National Archives and look forward to welcoming you back from 21 July.

    With very best wishes,

    Jeff James
    Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives

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