TFPL, Senior Records and Information Management Consultant
I was interested to read a note from the British Records Association about its new project to identify and make recommendations about how to deal with risks to historical records held in established repositories as well as to those not (yet) in held in archival custody. The BRA survey is looking for responses from archives in London and in the East of England. This type of work is exactly what the BRA was set up to do before World War II and it is the work it has done so well since then.
I read the note on the day that the Coalition Government began to announce the list of potential closures amongst government agencies and quangos. Here are potential archives at risk. Will parent departments have the resources to manage the often important records that will be left behind? Debatable. I hope the BRA project notes some of this before it is too late.
If you are in a position to take part in the survey, the web link is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLZ56WZ