(United Kingdom) National Archives to Trial 12 Document Limit Per Day for Visitors

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

The (UK) National Archives announced a new trial restricting readers to 12 documents a day despite the concern of historians and researchers.  A six-month trial begins the end of March.  If requested in advance, an additional 12 documents will be allowed. The rationale given is that it will increase efficiency. They came to the decision after looking at the average number of documents viewed by each visitor each day.

 

Between 20 and 40 documents can also be ordered in bulk, but only eight people can use the service each day and the documents must be from the same series. 

 

Traditionally, visitors have been able to browse as many documents as required from the archives.  The Archives hold treasures spanning 1,000 years.  The number of visitors at the National Archives have gradually been decreasing over recent years.


To read more see:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/07/national-archives-trial-12-document-limit-visitors-per-day-academics/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 

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