Christmas Eve: TNA

Discussion in 'General' started by MongoUK, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Is anyone else like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for the National Archives to open booking tomorrow?
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    No but excited about getting my haircut at 9:30am tomorrow
  3. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    I've taken the mature approach off growing mine, purely as it annoys the missus so much...
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Made me look madder than I am all sorted now

    On a serious note I have never ventured to the Archives
    Used the kind members on here for assistance

    I think the main problem is patience I just want to go in order whatever and view/photo it quickly
    but I do understand that it isnt as easy as that

    that is why I hang around graveyards a lot it is much simpler for me
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  5. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Yeah, it takes a bit of planning.

    When I first started going, I did a bulk order, in advance, so I had a trolley full of documents sat ready for me when I got there.

    I'm also a bit tight, so going myself and taking a 1000 photographs is cheaper than using the fine services available here, but if I only need one or two, then it makes sense to put an order in.
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Also you know what you are doing unlike myself who would possibly order the wrong docs
  7. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Yeah, I’ve done that a couple of times...expecting a Normandy war diary and find something from Italy (WO170 rather than WO171 - doh!). Or expecting an artillery regiment war diary and added an extra digit in by mistake and find myself opening a Field Bakery or Mobile Bath unit diary. So far, though, I have managed to just giggle about it as I’m not too far away - I’m not sure I would be so relaxed if I had travelled many hours to get there.


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  8. MarkN

    MarkN Well-Known Member

    Early closing (14.30 every day) screws me. :(

    A cheap off-peak rail ticket gets me to Kew about 12.30. The normal Tue/Thu late opening was perfect.

    Train ticket to get me there when doors open is 4 times the off-peak price!!!
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  9. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Unfortunately for me, it is not cost effective, even if ordering a bulk Order of 40. Living at the far end of Essex, it is better for me to do a full day on a Tuesday/Thursday (10 hours) but with only a 4 1/2 hour window I am not travelling in the rush hour each way!
  10. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    I used to love the Thursday hours.

    Am driving down this time from Cambs, purely out of desperation for new info. Would rather over pay for 4 hours on this occasion, and have up to 12 new files to pour over.

    Luckily, as stated, I know the 12 that I'm getting, either being clearly listed for the new ones or being ones I've had to abandon previously.

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