Friday, 27 July 2012

Second tranche of "migrated archives" released

The National Archives and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continue to transfer and release the colonial administration records, referred to as the 'migrated archives'. While it has been questioned how much new information is contained in these records, the records provide some insight into and have braodened knowledge about British policy and actions at "the end of Empire".
The second tranche of colonial administration records is now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives. This release contains records from Basutoland, the Cameroons, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Gambia, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, and Gold Coast.

A guide to the newly-released files has been published on The National Archives' website and provides more information on how to search the records.

Guide to the second tranche of records (PDF, 0.35Mb)

The collection is part of record series FCO 141: Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Records of Former Colonial Administrations: Migrated Archives, and the records cover a wide range of subject matter relating to colonial administration, reflecting events in the territories generally pre-independence, and Her Majesty's Government's views at that time.

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