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Postby junkers » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:45 am

Researchers might like to be aware that at a User Advisory Group (UAG) at The National Archives on 5 March 2019 (see TNA's website) that TNA are looking at reducing the times documents can be ordered, it used to be up to 5pm, it is currently 4pm. The minutes of the UAG state:-
"It would be impractical to try and identify which records might be suitable for inclusion in such a scheme (i.e. specifically for the Medieval/Early Modern collections) and it would probably only serve to confuse the majority of users. However, Bulk Orders might be an option for checking runs of sequential records".
You do get the impression TNA don't want researchers to visit or that they don't have enough staff which is obvious. Incidentally there was discussion over whether TNA should change its name as it is, of course, not the national archives as Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own national archives, it was much better when it was the Public Record Office.

It was also reported that the trial scheme last year for TNA to stay open for researchers on some days until 9pm resulted in no extra researchers and it was found that researchers already in the building stayed longer, this was not a surprise since you could only order documents until 4 pm! and it was fairly obvious this would be the outcome.
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Re: The National Archives

Postby junkers » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:57 pm

Researchers might like to be aware that TNA have reduced the number of seats available to research at Kew and that researchers should order documents in advance, assuming you can find them in the catalogue. http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/ne ... -tomorrow/

They have placed this new area where researchers visit and not where there was adequate space in the next room, needless to say that there has been no public consultation. Previously TNA had said that they couldn't provide better tables for researchers because it would reduce spaces available and now we get this. Researchers are not happy.
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Re: The National Archives

Postby MaureenE » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:37 pm

Perhaps you could raise the issue with your Member of Parliament and voice your concern. Ask that your concerns be raised with the relevant Minister.

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Re: The National Archives

Postby junkers » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:12 pm

MaureenE wrote:Perhaps you could raise the issue with your Member of Parliament and voice your concern. Ask that your concerns be raised with the relevant Minister.

Cheers
Maureen


I am considering that, at the moment he is involved in Brexit issues no doubt. Incidentally TNA have removed the set of card of researchers who might be able to help people with their research which has been there for a long time.
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