Importance Of Local History Archives

Why are local history archives important?

A recent report in the East Anglian Daily Times about a local historian’s efforts to find a local home for his substantial collection of local photos, records and books prompted this blog.

Although the issue was that he wanted his collection to stay in the town that was its subject, it does prompt the wider question of why such collections are so valuable and the difficulties of finding accessible places in which to preserve them.
We live in an age where the increase of online sources of information and opinion-forming are everywhere and instantly available, but it could be argued that this has limited both people’s abilities to store information in their memories and has also shortened attention spans.


Memories and Possessions

Do we need to retain our memories of special moments?

How many of us actually ever look at those souvenirs we have kept of special moments?
They are often items of little monetary value – a champagne cork, an old theatre or concert programme, faded letters, a much-battered child’s toy – but more sentimental memories.
Psychologists argue that our relationship with possessions is based on the fact that we own them, which means that we


What Can’t You Bear To Part With – Valued Possessions?

shoes on display

Shoe Collection

What Possessions can’t you bear to part with?

In 2015 anthropologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) carried out a study into possessions in the average home. It found that even in the smallest home in their study, a house of 980 sq ft, there were, in the two bedrooms and living room alone


The Psychology Of Our Relationship With Our Possessions

Psychology and Possessions

Despite trends such as minimalism and decluttering and the “throwaway society” idea of the relentless pursuit of the newest and best, human beings are nothing if not contrary and many of us find it difficult to get rid of possessions.

The 19th Century British textile designer William Morris advised:



Working Abroad and Your Home

Working Away

It is not unusual for businesses with operations in several countries to ask employees to work at a different location for a time. If this is likely and you will be working away for more than six months, and your family is likely to be moving with you, but it is not a permanent move, you may not want to sell your home or leave it empty.

You may instead decide to rent out your home.  We’ve put together a


GDPR and Archive Storage

GDPR Applies to Paper Archives Not Only Online Records

Many businesses and other organisations are legally obliged to keep records for a defined number of years.
These records, for example, legal documents and health records, are often in printed form and it may not have been possible to convert them into digital records.
However, paper records can soon start eating up space and one solution has been for organisations to store them with self-storage companies.