Wednesday, 14 December 2011

UK national archives brief parliamentary group

The heads of the UK's three national archives met with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History for ninety minutes on December 5th to discuss the future of the UK archive sector.

Aileen McClintock from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland shared news on the transformational effect of PRONI's new headquarters in Belfast, including a growth in numbers visiting the archive, whilst George MacKenzie from the National Records of Scotland discussed the new statutory powers of the NRS to ensure that all Scottish public bodies now have a records management plan. Oliver Morley of the National Archives at Kew discussed the need to maintain a balance between digital access to records and the original documents.

A similar meeting for the national libraries of the UK is likely to be forthcoming in 2012. For more on the archive sector meeting, visit www.archives.org.uk/latest-news/all-party-group-hosts-unique-session-with-archive-leaders.html.

(With thanks to the National Archives at Kew)

Chris

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