It was great to hear on the radio this morning that Staffordshire Archives had been awarded funding to catalogue the records of tribunals for men appealing against conscription, which was introduced during World War 1 in 1916. But why oh why did the reporter have to describe the records as “just been discovered”, as if they’d been hidden away and no one ever knew they were there! Of course the archivists knew they were there. They wouldn’t deserve to be in their jobs if they didn’t know the contents of their strongrooms. Sadly, though, stories about archives just don’t seem to be deemed newsworthy unless they contain the words “discovered” or, even worse, “dusty”.
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