A2A Update, September 2003
- A2A Update, September 2003
The A2A database at www.a2a.pro.gov.uk was updated on 1 September. It now
contains over 5.1 million catalogue entries describing archives held in 327
record offices, libraries and other repositories across England.
The update included the first catalogues from five A2A projects: Aladdin's
Cave, in South East England; Broad Acres, Big Houses, Yorkshire People, in
Yorkshire; Communities in the Records, in the East of England; Families,
Estates and Communities, in the East Midlands; and Parishes and People,
elivered by Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Huntingdon. Among the
archives covered by these catalogues are records of parishes in the
Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, submitted by Parishes and People, and probate
inventories registered by the Diocese of Norwich from 1553, submitted by
Communities in the Records.
This month's update also included further catalogues from Campaigning
London; Cosmic Rays and the Solid State at the National Cataloguing Unit for
the Archives of Contemporary Scientists; Local Governance and the Community
in South East England; More than Meets the Eye at Greater Manchester County
Record Office; Seven Ages of Man in the West Midlands; and South West Family
A number of enhancements to A2A, notably to the search mechanisms, are also
planned during September - which is of course Archive Awareness Month. The
A2A home page has already been enhanced with the addition of an image from
the Documentary Photography Archive at Greater Manchester County Record
Office, described in A2A courtesy of the More than Meets the Eye project.
You may be wondering what this has to do with the Archive Awareness Month
theme of 'Love and Hate' - but on the subject of love, A2A includes
* A love letter dating from 1760 from one John Collis to a Mrs Ann Huse,
retained among the archives of the college of Sarum St Michael, Salisbury
after being found in the wall of a hostel in 1957 (Wiltshire and Swindon
Record Office: 1585/327)
* A collection of love letters, 1854-1863, between the widowed Lady
Elizabeth Buxton and Thomas Turton, Bishop of Ely (who was in his eighties
and thirty years her senior), among the papers of the Buxton family of
Channons in Norfolk (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts
and University Archives: Buxton)
* A love letter from Katherine Manser, addressed to Katherine Anguish in
1695, among miscellanous papers in the archive of the Bulwer family of
Heydon in Norfolk (Norfolk Record Office: BUL 14/4, 619 x 6)
Why not see what you can find?
A2A is the English strand in the UK archives network: its database at
www.a2a.pro.gov.uk already contains the electronic equivalent of over
400,000 catalogue pages describing archives held across England in national,
local and specialist repositories and dating from the 900s to the present
day. The A2A programme will make a further 300,000 catalogue pages
available on the web by March 2004.
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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 8392 5319
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