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Re: archives-nra response

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"Martin Taylor" <[log in to unmask]>

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Martin Taylor

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Thu, 24 Aug 2000 15:13:27 +0100

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I'd like to thank Chris Kitching for his reassurance that the archives profession is now very strongly represented on the Commission. Certainly other interest groups should be represented; I would not wish to imply that it would be desirable for even a majority of the Commissioners to be professional archivists.

However I think we should have enough confidence in our professionalism to assert that most of the functions of HMC outlined by Chris - "to discover the nature and whereabouts of 
archive sources, to disseminate information about them, (and) to give independent advice on issues concerning them" - might best be undertaken by professional archivists.

The strong archives presence on the agenda of Re:source and in the regions  suggests that the NCA has been able to take account of users' points of view, but still successfully expressed the profession's concerns to DCMS. I'm sure HMC agree that there is still some way to go in establishing the perception that it has got the right balance.

Martin Taylor
Senior Assistant Archivist
London Borough of Hackney  

>>> <[log in to unmask]> 08/23 5:12 pm >>>
Martin Taylor complains that less than a quarter of the HMC 
Commissioners are professional archivists. This is true, but what does 
it portend?  HMC is not, and was never intended to be, a strictly 
representative body (of which the profession already has several: 
ACALG, ACW, NCA, Society of Archivists, etc). Rather, it is a body 
appointed by the Crown to discover the nature and whereabouts of 
archive sources, to disseminate information about them, to give 
independent advice on issues concerning them, and in general to be a 
'watchdog'on behalf of the British people with regard to the protection 
of the sources for their history. 

Until the 1980s the composition of the Commissioners (who by the way 
are appointed not by HMC itself but by the Crown on the advice of the 
Secretary of State and the Prime Minister) was almost exclusively a 
mixture of private owners of archives and distinguished historians. 
Practising professional archivists were excluded almost as a matter of 
policy, on the grounds that there could be a conflict of interest when 
it came to discussing such issues as the allocation of manuscripts to a 
particular institution in lieu of tax. 

Those traditional constituencies - owners and historians - are still 
well represented among the present Commissioners, whose remit covers 
the whole of the United Kingdom. But in individual cases they are 
nowadays almost always linked with other attributes such as a wide 
awareness of and involvement in public life (Parliament, business, 
academe, the church, local government, the law and so on). 

In recent times, however, with new rules as to conflict of interest 
firmly in place there has been a quite deliberate - and from our point 
of view very welcome -  drive to increase the proportion of 
Commissioners who are practising archivists. When you add to their 
experience that of the Commission's staff, a fair proportion of whom 
(including, as it happens, myself as the chief executive) are qualified 
archivists, the profession can be confident that its concerns are now 
very strongly represented at Commissioners' meetings.

Chris Kitching
Secretary HMC

Dr CJ KITCHING
Secretary, Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Quality House, Quality Court, Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1HP    United Kingdom

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Tel. 020 7242 1198
Fax 020 7831 3550




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