Bollocks, Bullshit and BalderdashEurocrats, Europhiles and critics of Garth Bland, eurosceptic County Archivist of Loamshire will be disappointed to hear that Garth recently survived a life-threatening accident.
Whilst leaning on a bookcase in his office he dislodged a weighty quantity of booklets which hit him on the head from a considerable height. We are informed that Garth has now fully recovered from his injuries but not before suffering a temporary relapse after discovering the nature of what had fallen on him.
Taking them up one by one, Garth was both surprised by and suddenly reminded of the welter of reports on advancing the cause of British archives that had landed on his desk over the last few years. Significantly, they had all merged into one in his mind.
In no particular order, here they are:
Listening to the Past, Speaking to the Future: Report of the Archives Task Force Museums, Libraries and Archives Council 2004 read it online
Archives On-Line National Council on Archives 1998
Information and Communications Technology and the Development of Museums, Archives and Libraries: A Strategic Plan for Action, draft for consultation Resource 2001
Archives in the Regions: An Overview of the English Regional Archive Strategies Resource 2001 read it online
Using Museums, Archives and Libraries to Develop a Learning Community: A Strategic Plan for Action Resource 2001
South East Regional Archive Strategy: Making Sense for Archives SERAC 2001
Taking Part: An Audit of Social Inclusion Work in Archives National Council on Archives 2001
British Archives: The Way Forward, National Council on Archives 2000 read it online
Review of the National Monuments Record: Unlocking Heritage Information Part 1 Conclusions and Recommendations English Heritage 2004 read it online
Developing the 21st. Century Archive: An Action Plan for United Kingdom Archives Resource 2001 read it online
Changing the Future of Our Past National Council on Archives 2002
Government Policy on Archives Lord Chancellor's Department 1999 read it online
Final Report and Outreach Pack, Community Access to Archives Project National Archives 2004 read more
Already recovering from a sore head, Garth now didn't know whether he was in the past, present or future, going backwards, forwards or sideways, where he was going, whether he was active or inactive, sensing or senseless or what strategy to adopt.
Suddenly remembering he was due back at the coalface he threw them all in the bin and muttered bollocks!