Posted by albincus on November 17, 2011 at 12:55:07:
In Reply to: re: Castlebar Military Post posted by The Green Hand Commando on November 16, 2011 at 21:45:44:
Ya because the Mayo's irreplaceable archival heritage is under such great care at the moment i.e left rotting in some abandoned buildings. We've already lost a large quanitity of the Counties archives. This is taken from the Report of the Steering Group on Local Authority Records and Archives
This is a fairly small collection of archives which is explained by a history of accidents, disposal and archives now held outside the county. The vast majority of surviving County Council archives are still in Council custody, but Castlebar Courthouse is due for refurbishment and a large quantity of archives will have to be moved. The county library service's collection is small but includes most of the poor law boards of guardians archives still in the county. All the other known poor law archives for Mayo are in the National Library. There are archives in both Castlebar and Ballina UDCs and the latter are voluminous and interesting, but Westport UDC archives were destroyed in a fire in 1969. The River Moy Commissioners hold a small quantity of archives and those of Wesport Harbour Commissioners are in the National Archives. There are the usual small quantities of hospital archives, including some for the now closed Swinford Fever Hospital, but Mayo General Hospital destroyed archives in recent times. St Mary's Hospital Castlebar has a high quality collection of asylum archives, but is at risk from the encroachment of the RTC which shares its building. Archives of the Mayo Board of Health and Public Assistance were seen by the survey in Merlin Park Hospital in Galway. In general the storage is poor, the surviving archives are spread throughout the county and, unless action is taken, there could be further losses in Castlebar Courthouse and St Mary's Hospital.
Space required for storage and working: 85 m2"
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