Na­tional Ar­chives Launches New Data­base of Records

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As its con­tri­bu­tion to the No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val 2017, the Na­tional Ar­chives seeks to en­able teach­ers, stu­dents, me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers and other re­searchers to have greater ac­cess to records per­tain­ing to Saint Lu­cia that are cur­rently pre­served at the Na­tional Ar­chives in the United King­dom.

A press state­ment is­sued this week by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Ar­chives reads: “As a colony of Bri­tain, our His­tory is in­ter­twined with that of the Moth­er­land and as we seek to un­der­stand our past, our ac­cess to the records pre­served in the United King­dom is cru­cial. We do not have many of these records at the Na­tional Ar­chives in Saint Lu­cia since our copies were de­stroyed by the fires of 1927 and 1948.

“We were able to use dig­i­tal imag­ing to cap­ture in­for­ma­tion from var­i­ous record series. We repli­cated records which we be­lieved were im­por­tant and rel­e­vant to re­searchers based on their re­search his­tory. Some of these in­clude the fires of 1927 and 1948, var­i­ous en­quiries into the Po­lice Force, the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Saint Lu­cia be­tween 1950 and 1979, devel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture, an­nual re­ports and var­i­ous eco­nomic plans for Saint Lu­cia.”

This data­base of records per­tain­ing to Saint Lu­cia will be un­veiled on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Na­tional Ar­chives, Vigie, Cas­tries.

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