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From: Peter Layzell <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:29:39 +0100
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It certainly appears that more records are to be digitalised which will
be good.
The Newsletter said that the charges which will help mitigate ERO
savings in the new financial climate.
Firstly there is no indication of the prices- presumably if they are to
be sufficient to mitigate ERO savings the charges will be more than tokens
Secondly -At first glance it appears that from August there will be a
charge to view the digital images of wills and parish registers that we
currently enjoy free of charge.
It could mean that the records are being transcribed and so the
transcribed records will be available on subscription and we will
continue free access to the current digitalised BMD.
It will be really sad to lose free access to these records. Will it also
include the other digital items such as photos.
Can anyone clarify what will be charged for and what will be free as
there is nothing on the website yet.

Other interesting things in the newsletter are that the Friends of
Historic Essex have funded the purchase from the National Archives of a
DVD of the pre-1937 Nonconformist records and registers for Essex. This
DVD replaces the worn and damaged microfilms recently removed from the
searchroom drawers. Please ask staff for access to the DVD and DVD drive.

Jenny Butler, Principal Archivist, retired from Essex Record Office on
29 June, after 37 years service

The Essex Sound and Video Archive has just received its 600^th accession

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