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Monday, 7 January 2013

Just once I'd like some cheerful news about archives

Alas, 2013 seems to be carrying on the infamous tradition of 2012 as far as archive news goes: the latest intelligence is that Croydon Council are proposing to cut their archive and local studies service down to the statutory minimum with serious impact on access. Croydon has an extremely rich local history collection  - among other things they hold the records of several local hospitals, according to Wellcome/The National Archives Hospital Records Database, and the Wellcome Medical Archives and Manuscripts Survey reported on their significant holdings relating to medicine, health and welfare, both within the official records of local government, and in material from local voluntary bodies.

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