Thursday, 14 March 2013

National strike to affect archives next Wednesday

The National Records of Scotland ( is stating that it "cannot guarantee that the Historical and Legal search rooms will be open as usual" next Wednesday 20th March, due to a nationwide strike by the Public and Commercial Services Union. It hopes to be able to offer access to digital images in the Historical Search Room and to catalogues and open-shelf library books. The ScotlandsPeople Centre ( is also advising "that due to industrial action we may not be able to provide a full service on Wednesday, 20th March."

Near London, the National Archives at Kew ( is advising people not to travel to use its facility on Wednesday 20th March unless necessary, stating that there will be delays at the site on various fronts - registering for tickets, document productions, and more. There is no word as yet from PRONI ( in Belfast.

If you are intending to visit any archive next Wednesday, please do check its website in advance for news of any possible disruption.


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