18 December 2012

Archives good news

There's so much gloomy news about archives and libraries these days that it's a positive pleasure to learn something good. This is repeating a comment posted by Michael T R B Turnbull, thank you, to one of my previous blog items about the Scottish Catholic Archives.

There seems to be a widespread misconception that Columba House at 16 Drummond Place, the home of the Scottish Catholic Archives since 1958, is closed for the foreseeable future.
In fact, the opposite is true. Columba House, with its incredible storehouse of documents, is very much open for business, but, due to staffing shortages, offering a reduced service for the time being.
Researchers should have no problem accessing the collection, making an appointment by emailing archivists@scottishcatholicarchives.org.uk or telephoning 0131 556 3661.
I was there last week. The service was professional, the reading room cosy, the wireless connection excellent and the documents, as ever, fascinating. The presence of other researchers from many parts of Scotland and overseas, added to the positive experience.

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