Tuesday, 8 May 2012

UK wide industrial action at archives

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk) has flagged up some possible service disruption in Belfast on Thursday.

Due to planned industrial action by NIPSA on 10 May 2012 , PRONI visitors are asked to note that there may be disruption to service that day.

The Search Room and Reading Room will close at 16.45 on 10 May.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

As previously announced the National Archives at Kew is also to be affected by the PCS union going on strike on the same day - further details at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/industrial-action-to-affect-tna.html

I have been told that the National Records of Scotland will also be hit by industrial action on Thursday, but I believe it is to remain open, so will likely also suffer some service disruption. I will update this post when I get further confirmation on that however.

Just to be super-sure - I put in a call to the National Library of Wales also, but it will apparently be unaffected by the industrial action at the various national archives. At present I don't know what the situation is with local archives.

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon at PRONI, the NRS, TNA and the NLW)

UPDATE: From the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh

Due to industrial action on Thursday 10th May, we may not be able to provide a full service in the ScotlandsPeople centre. Please call before travelling to the centre to check availability.


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  1. The Historic Search Room at the National Records of Scotland say that there will be no production of original documents tomorrow, but you will be able to use computers to access Virtual Volumes. Also there will probably be no one at the main reception desk so visitors may be redirected through the main entrance instead of the Garden Entrance.

  2. Thanks Kirsty, I'll repost via Twitter with your update

  3. Another good reason to get people to transcribe records - the OPC sites do not go on strike