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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby Amazinggrace » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:00 pm

I've just signed.We have the past in trust for tomorrow.
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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby AntonyM » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:06 pm

Plans withdrawn ..... at least for now
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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:49 pm

Excellent, thanks for that. As you say, at least for now.

This was such a clumsy attempt that the cynic in me does wonder... The fee was extortionate for what one got. And charging for afternoons made free visiting from any distance simply not viable for what might be just a couple of hours.

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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby junkers » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:41 pm

Shame they didn't consult and listen to researchers before. As for number of visitors blame that on digitisation (which has some very good points as well!), this is only a temporary measure so we must keep our eyes on this and other similar attempts by others. We know there are limited resources but it is our heritage and it should be free. I still don't understand why they charge £31 per hour to consult a member of staff, they would not be paid that (I'd like to be paid that), so where is the rest of the money going?.
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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby junkers » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:23 pm

Sacre Blue. I do worry about Northamptonshire Archives, they recently they put a note on their Facebook page that said the Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths Act of 1836 covered Britain!, it of course does not as it covered England and Wales (starting on 1 July 1837), Scotland (with their own Act) started on 1 January 1855 and Ireland in 1864. A fairly basic and cardinal rule most researchers know, but obviously the staff do not!.
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Re: Northamptonshire Archives

Postby junkers » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:14 pm

The state of Northamptonshire Council finances (requiring cuts of £34.5m) and measures don't in my view spell good news for the archive ( ... e-42920716). I think we just need o keep our eye on developments especially as they weren't going to introduce that outrageous charge of £31 per hour in this financial year which ends in April 2018.
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