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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

National Archives publishes Strategic Plan 2015–17

The National Archives of Ireland has published its Strategic Plan 2015-2017.

I was hoping this might reveal some detail about future collection releases, over and above those we already know are in the pipe, but it doesn't.

In fact, there's very little detail of any type. It's more of a mission statement set in the context of current major issues such as working in 'a building that is not completely fit for purpose', heavily reduced staffing levels, and the demands of the Decade of Centenaries.

For me, this is the most telling line:

'We are operating with only 75% of our sanctioned numbers and this is a major obstacle to meeting our statutory requirements with regard to accepting annual accessions, dealing with backlogs and providing services to government bodies.'

You can download the six-page Strategic Plan here.