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From: "La Greenall" <>
Subject: RE: [Ess] Re: Filing
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 12:30:46 +0100
I was at Northants RO last Tuesday with Peter Huggins, another member of
Waltham Abbey Hist Soc, looking at records in their Wake collection
(Hereward Wake and his ancestors have been lords of our local manor for
centuries). All of WA's court rolls are at Northampton whilst Essex have
microfilms of most, though there are a couple of unfilmed volumes. My
colleague asked the archivist about having these odd volumes filmed for
both WAHS and Essex RO, and her response was 'an excellent idea, every
original document should be copied and held in at least one other place
in case the original got lost in a fire'!
In the same light I was allowed to take digital photos of another very
rare booklet in fragile condition from cover to cover, by undertaking to
provide Northants RO with the images on a CD for future access. Very
enlightened they were!
Off to ply Dad with wine and song now. Or should that be screech?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colleen [mailto:]
> An important point, Diane. I'm sure those who kept hard
> copies of some of
> the Irish records which were destroyed when the IRA bombed
> the records
> office there are very glad that they did so, as these records
> have now been
> lost forever. Who's to say what will happen to our records
> offices in the
> future, will changing Government policy gradually do away
> with them? Medal
> cards are a case in point, will these be disposed of and, if
> so, what if the
> digitised records are destroyed or corrupted - or incomplete?
> How many other
> documents will be destroyed?
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