TNA to end support of the Navy Board Project?
You may not know that The National Archive (TNA) at Kew is cutting support for volunteer projects
, among them the Navy Board Project. The situation will be reviewed after 28 June 2012. The Navy Board Project was one of the first TNA projects to be carried out with another partner, the National Maritime Museum (NMM), allowing the cross-referencing of ADM106 at Kew with documents in ADM/B and ADM/BP. The Naval Dockyards Society began the project to list ADM106 at the (then) Public Record Office in 1999. The aim of the project was to foliate letters from ADM106 at Kew, then ADM/B and ADM/BP at the Caird Library, and list their contents descriptively as an online research resource on the TNA Catalogue. Researchers are able to electronically access and interrogate the list. By 2011 volunteers had completed the Caird ADM/B and ADM/BP documents, but in 2012 have only completed 36% of the Kew documents, creating a phenomenal total of 128,268 letters listed to date. Some letters are 5-600 folios long, particularly in the 1780s. It is frustrating to leave the project unfinished when it could open up further rich avenues for research. The Naval Dockyard Society is requesting support for the project be sent to TNA by THIS THURSDAY, 28 June 2012
You may not know that The National Archive is cutting support for volunteer projects, among them the Navy Board Project. The situation will be reviewed after 28 June 2012.
NDS is asking that if any researchers have used the descriptive notes on the TNA catalogue for ADM106 and ADM106/354 and /359 (NMM documents ADM/B and ADM/BP), and can give a brief example of how it has aided your research, and publication details if relevant, that would support our case for continuing the Navy Board Project at the TNA.
Please see further details in the attached letter.
If you can support this, and forward it to anyone else, the deadline
for sending your short statement of support to Bruno Pappalardo: Bruno.Pappalardo@nationalarchives.gov.uk is Thursday 28th June
Yours sincerely, Ann
Naval Dockyards Society
Dr Ann Coats
If anyone desires a copy of the 'attached letter" mentioned above, send me a Private Mail with your email address and I will forward it directly to you.