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Hello One and All,
I'm conducting a survey here in an informal and friendly way--hopefully some of you at least will feel moved to consider this topic and send in some comments :-) It's partly because it's becoming difficult for Action for Children to spend money and time on preserving and managing the NCH archives, and this makes me sad as I know how important it was for me to be able to access information about my own and my sister's time at Harpenden, and what the circumstances were that resulted in our being placed there.
I don't blame AFC--I think they are extremely busy with current needs for childcare at the same time as being constrained by budgetary matters. They have apparently had to let go of the person who was handling the archives. I think too, that it may be difficult for current staff to imagine what it was like for us to be in NCH care and why it would matter to us now.
I want to write to them about my concerns, but thought it might be good to get some feedback from as many people as feel able to respond to this topic, from as many different branches as possible, so that I can write to them not only about my personal response to the danger of losing access to our history, but also about what a great many of us would feel about that.
I would so appreciate it if you would consider what it has meant to you to get your files or what it would mean to you if you were either able to access them or not. I want to represent as many voices as possible on this, but be assured you will remain anonymous in my report unless you want to be named.
Every good wish, and many thanks in advance to those of you who will feel moved to respond. It can be as short or as long as you wish, but please say something, if you can, about why this is important to you. It will help me enormously in considering what to say to AFC.