National Archives - Kew Tips?

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by von Poop, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    A welcome change at the Archies this morning - as the trains were all running well I arrived at about 08:10 and expected to sit in the foyer until 08:30 when you're allowed to go into the cafeteria. The attendant on duty told me to go straight in and said that, since yesterday (11/1/2018) Management had decided that visitors could go into the cafe from 08:00. The bad news is that this only benefits those not arriving by car as the car park will continue to open at 08:30. The Reading rooms continue too open at 09:00.
     
  2. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    No document ordering until 9:30 though and last orders at 4:00pm even on late opening nights.
     
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Maybe I'll park in front of the gate lock the car up and go and have a coffee at 8am and move the car in to the car park at 830, that'll make sense to them I'm sure.

    As for the new ordering times for file - pathetic ! They may as well shut everyday at 5pm now.
     
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  4. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    I get the impression that's definitely on the cards.
     
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  5. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The Archives seem to be losing their core focus - a recent questionnaire I was sent focused on Podcasts, Exhibitions and paid events and the fact that they have applied to the Local Authority for a late liquor license seems to reinforce this focus. The staff numbers of the reading rooms / security have been cut or leavers not replaced due to 'Government Cut-Backs' - a sad state of affairs for a World Class Institution
     
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  6. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    I filled in the questionnaire, and have since been reading the " Standard Selection Questionnaire" in connection with the 1921 Census tendering process.
    This isn't funny for the current Kew staff. I hope a few of them get together and challenge some of the pre-conditions ( " Viable commercial models that return an income stream to licensor partners"), and get themselves on the shortlist of potential suppliers, currently limited to five entities, companies, sole traders, whatever.
    Why only five ? The sums of money involved are potentially astronomical.
    They've got nothing to lose, the documentation I have seen is very badly drafted, for example:

    " The standard Selection Questionnaire is a self-declaration, made by you (the potential supplier), that you do not meet any of the grounds for exclusion.

    If there are grounds for exclusion, there is an opportunity to explain the background and any measures you have taken to rectify the situation (we call this self-cleaning)."

    I must go and self-clean my bicycle front wheel, I got a puncture yesterday riding on a WW2 airfield.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Is there a email address to send complaints to?
     
  8. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

  9. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Drew5233, Maybe at the same time send something to the DCMS it comes under their scope.
     

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