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Parliamentarians briefed

PARLIAMENTARIANS including a new member of the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport committee John Leech (L. Manchester Withington), pictured right, have been briefed by Presserve.

Micheal Meadowcroft and Adam Christie from the Presserve steering group - together with achivist Sue Donnelly from the British Library of Political and Economic Science in London - discussed the historical importance of both entire back editions of newspapers and their cutting libraries.

John Leeds MP
Sir Alan Beith MP and Sue Donnelly
The briefing held at Portcullis House in Westminster was also attended by Sir Alan Beith MP (pictured left with Sue Donnelly), former Culture, Media and Sport committee member Adrian Sanders MP, Greg Mulholland MP and Lord Clement-Jones CBE.

The briefing agreed that - especially as interest was growing in local and family history - the sacrifice of such resources would be a tragedy for future generations.

Adrian Sanders MP. Michael Meadowcroft and Adam Christie
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders (pictured left with Michael Meadowcroft and Adam Christie) also heard that while some back editions of newspapers were available in central local authority libraries on microfilm or microfiche, researchers had to know where those archives may be and then travel to them in person to see them.

'Additionally worrying,' said Adam Christie, 'is the fact that some bound volumes of old papers are starting to deteriorate in dank storerooms.

'Even if these papers cannot be digitised and made publicly available for some time, ways must be found for them to be stored in conditions where they will not rot completely.'

Pictures: Jenny P Vaughan.


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