Catalogue description Public Record Office: Maps, Plans and Photographs of the Hayes Site

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Details of PRO 55
Reference: PRO 55
Title: Public Record Office: Maps, Plans and Photographs of the Hayes Site

This series contains material relating to the planning, equipping, maintenance and development of the fabric of the Hayes Intermediate Repository.

Date: 1953-1973
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 12 flat sheets and photographs
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:

The Hayes repository occupies a site built as a Royal Ordnance Factory in 1941. The site was taken over by the Public Record Office in the early 1950s, and the two main buildings were equipped with racking to provide approximately 215ΒΌ linear miles of record storage. The Public Record Office allocates racking to government departments for the storage of their records.

The records stored at Hayes are of two main kinds. The first consists of those which have to be kept for a fixed number of years for legal or other reasons. The second consists of those which have been identified at a first review (usually five years after they have gone out of current use) as records which may be worthy of permanent preservation and are sent to Hayes to await a final decision when they are 25 years old.

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