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Saturday, 16 July 2011

National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance - Metropolitan Police and Kent Police from 1829. UK Government Web Archive has had its billionth hit. Possible Kent Community History network

National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance - Metropolitan Police and Kent Police.
The Police Roll of Honour Trust website honouring Police Officers who have fallen in the line of duty has a list of the Officers of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the present who are included, with additional details, in the Book of Remembrance at the Metropolitan Police Memorial at the Peel Centre, Hendon, which was compiled by the Trust. These include Officers who were at Deptford, Woolwich Arsenal and Greenwich. It can be found at Metropolitan Police Officers
Police Officers of Kent Police from 1829 can be found at Kent Police  details of pre 1829 deaths of Peace Officers of London Parishes, Night Watch and Public/Police Offices killed prior to the formation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 can be found at Pre 1829 Police and those who lost their lives  by Enemy Action while Off Duty or where Duty Status is Unknown can be found at WW II Casualties

Details of the Roll of Honour, how it started and developed can be found at  Police Memorial

UK Government Web Archive has had its billionth hit.

Sometimes one of the difficulties in researching family history is to find out where the records are that you need. This is something that the National Archives is aware of. There is also another potential problem for the future in that more and more information and records are digital and the National Archives are also attempting to preserve such records.

Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, said: 'In the digital age, government chooses to communicate its messages to the public through the web. Without the UK Government Web Archive, there is a risk these important records would disappear completely, leaving a black hole for researchers of the future. The billion pages of digital material in the archive are an important part of our country's historical and cultural inheritance and deserving of the same respect we show paper records.'

The UK Government Web archive regularly crawls up to a 1,000 websites. It is growing at a rate of one terabyte (1,000GB) a month and is 40 terabytes in total - around eight times the size of the English-language Wikipedia. It has around three million unique monthly users. Full details can be found at UK Government Archive

At Catalogues and-online records can be found such information as Accessions to Repositories, annual listing of new documents and collections,  Access to Archives (A2A)catalogues describing archives held throughout England and Wales, Archive contact details,  Hospital Records Database and much more.

In Kent there is a growing awareness of of the need for researchers to be able to locate records to see 'what is where' The Centre of Kentish Studies has started to look at the possibility of centralising into one location on the Internet information on various groups in Kent.  An initial meeting of interested organisations, family history societies, local history societies has been held to start to look into this.

There is a possibility of setting up a ‘Kent Community History network’ which would act as a gateway to include History societies in Kent and link with their own web pages This could be a way to ensure that someone researching family or local history can find where such information could be accessed. 

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