From 1 February 2016 the fees that we charge for research, paper and digital copies of our records, and some other services will change.
We are allowed to charge for the statutory services that we are obliged to provide under the Public Records Act (1958). We’re not permitted to make a profit on these services but we are expected to recover our costs, as far as this is possible.
The fees that we currently charge are set out in a Fees Order, as a Statutory Instrument under the Public Records Act. Statutory Instruments are a form of legislation which allow the provisions of an Act of Parliament to be subsequently brought into force or altered without Parliament having to pass a new Act.
The Fees Order setting out our charges has been modified to accommodate changes in our remote record copying service. It also takes into account recalculated costs of our other services, some of which change due to changes in our costs to provide these.
On 30 December they released a number of files from the Prime Minister's office. These files shed light on events from 1986-1988. Some of these files have been digitised and made available to search and download free for a limited time.
Also released were British Army war diaries 1914-1922.
hese records are the unit war diaries of the British Army in the First World War. They are not personal diaries (try the Imperial War Museum for those). They are part of a large series of records, WO 95, which contains many more diaries scheduled for digitisation. We are now conserving, sorting, digitising and itemising thousands more diaries from the WO 95 series as part of our First World War 100 programme.
Some diaries record little more than daily losses and map references whilst others are much more descriptive, with daily reports on operations, intelligence summaries and other material. The digitised diaries cover activity in France and Belgium.
The diaries sometimes contain information about particular people but they are unit diaries, not personal diaries. A few contain details about awards of the Military Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.