Amid concern that figures show a drop of more than 16% in the number of customers rating the service of the new archives as 'good' or 'very good' compared to the service in the previous archives at the Centre for Kentish Studies (CKS) the new Kent History Centre Archives User Group hope to be able hope to be able to work with management at KHLC to improve access to and understanding of the archives for all users.
Among issues that have been highlighted are "The focus of the new building is that of a library rather than of an active archive; the facilities are poor and there are staff with little or no knowledge of the documents. The centre currently fails to provide an appropriate environment for the public to access the records and worse, a number of important documents cannot now be located since the move from the archive at CKS".
The new building was to provide easy access to the information held in the archives and the concern being expressed is that this is not happening.
Art and Exhibitions: Music Hall in London.
Music Halls played an important part in many of our ancestors lives. A free exhibition, at Barbican Music Library, explores the history of the halls and their performers through photographs, prints and documents.
The exhibition runs from 11 January - 27 February 2014 at the Barbican Music Library. Free during opening normal hours. More details can be found at Barbican Music Hall in London