Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UK archives and libraries security precautions

In the aftermath of the terrorist outrage in Manchester, England, on Monday, a quick note on security upgrades now in place at institutions across the country.

The National Records of Scotland ( has tweeted the following:

We’ve increased our security at General and New Register House today – please bear with us as our team works to keep you safe.

Also in Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland ( Maps Collections department (@natlibscotmaps) has similarly tweeted the following:

Increased security at present means that large bags (backpacks, cases, etc) aren't allowed in our buildings. Thanks for your understanding.

The National Archives at Kew has also shared the following (

In response to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester the government terrorist threat level has been raised to Critical, meaning that an attack is expected imminently.

The National Archives will open as normal and will operate a full service, however additional security measures will be in place. Visitors are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns or suspicious activity to a security officer or member of staff.

Our thoughts remain with the families and loved ones of the victims, the injured, and everyone affected by the attack.

I have yet to see if any other institutions have similar precautions enacted, but I think if planning a trip to any archive or library at present anywhere in the UK, it might be worth checking if any additional security requirements have been put in place that might affect your visit.


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