Fw: [LOEW] A2A Update, November 2004

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From: Wendy Archer
Date: 11/13/04 08:37:52
To: LISTOWNERS-ENGWLS-L@rootsweb.com
Subject: [LOEW] A2A Update, November 2004

Posted on behalf of Sarah Stark,
Regional Liaison Co-Ordinator, A2A
The National Archives


A2A Update, November 2004

Four new projects contribute catalogues to A2A

The November 2004 update to A2A (Access to Archives) has now taken place.
368 catalogues were added to the database – the English strand of the UK
archives network at http://www.a2a.org.uk – which now contains more than 7.2
million catalogue entries, in over 83,000 catalogue files, describing
archives held in 368 record offices, libraries, museums and other
repositories throughout England.

Among the new finding aids were the following (including the first
contributions from four A2A projects):
* A catalogue of title deeds and other papers concerning property in North
Mimms, Hertfordshire – with some documents relating to property in
Oxfordshire and Berkshire – forming an archive created by the Coningsby and
Sibthorp families, among catalogues of family and estate archives
contributed through the HLF-funded Hidden Talent project at Hertfordshire
Archives and Local Studies;
* the summary catalogue of the Carte manuscripts at the Bodleian Library –
consisting of seventeenth-century state papers and other archives relating
to Ireland and England – contributed through the Religion and Rebellion
project, funded by HLF and led by the History of Parliament Trust;
* catalogues of a variety of archives at Cornwall Record Office and North
Devon Record Office, contributed through the HLF-funded regional South West
Access All Areas project;
* catalogues of parish records held by the archives services of East and
West Sussex, contributed through the Sussex Parish Chest project, funded by
* and a catalogue of the archives of Pembroke House in Hackney and its
successor Ealing Lunatic Asylum, where servants of the East India Company
could be treated for mental illness during the nineteenth century, among the
records of institutions in Britain connected to the East India Company held
at the British Library.

As part of the Archives Awareness Campaign, a well-received event for the
public entitled Routes to Roots: Hackney and Beyond was held at Hackney
Museum on 25 October. Children on their half term break and other local
residents found out more about A2A and also about the Community Access to
Archives Project (CAAP) (see
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/partnerprojects/caap/), Moving Here (see
http://www.movinghere.org.uk) and other resources promoted by The National
Archives. Staff from Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives Department were at
the event to answer their questions with colleagues from The National

Lastly, A2A has now been searched 4.7 million times since launch in 2001,
and there have been 10.8 million catalogue downloads as a result.

A2A is the English strand of the UK archives network; its database at
http://www.a2a.org.uk already contains the electronic equivalent of over
700,000 catalogue pages describing archives held across England in national,
local and specialist repositories and dating from the 700s to the present
day. The A2A programme will make a further 150,000 catalogue pages
available on the web by July 2005.

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Sarah J A Stark
Regional Liaison Co-Ordinator, A2A
The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU

Tel (direct line): 020 8392 5328
Fax: 020 8487 9211
Email: sarah.stark@nationalarchives.gov.uk
www: http://www.a2a.org.uk

See also http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/partnerprojects/a2a

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