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About Archives

 

The majority of locally held Government records started with Governor Moody in 1841 and are reasonably complete, although some were lost or damaged in the Town Hall fire in 1944 and the Secretariat fire in 1959. Previous to the erection of a purpose-built building in 1998 the records were stored in various buildings and departments which were often unsecured and not ideal. Fortunately the climate of the Falkland Islands is cool and dry and there are no insects which damage or inhabit paper.

The Falkland Islands Government Archives building was purpose-built to meet the minimum requirements of the National Archives Standard for Record Repositories and was opened late 1998 to house government records. The Government Archivist, Jane Cameron was passionate about the history of the Islands and worked to ensure the preservation of Government records and to make them accessible to all. After her tragic death in 2009 the archives was changed to a national archives in 2010 and re-named The Jane Cameron National Archives in her memory. Since then the National Archivist, Tansy Bishop, has continued to expand the collections and to ensure the preservation and accessibility of records held in order that maximum use can be made of them. The Archives attract researchers globally and deal with a wide variety of research requests each year along with providing a Reading Room for those that choose to visit in person.

The Jane Cameron National Archives ensure the long-term survival and easy accessibility of all those records most important to the history and administration of the Falklands and contain the records of British administration, Falkland Islands Company Ltd Stanley Office records and a wide range of other documents of family and academic interest.

 

The majority of locally held Government records started with Governor Moody in 1841 and are reasonably complete, although some were lost or damaged in the Town Hall fire in 1944 and the Secretariat fire in 1959. Previous to the erection of a purpose-built building in 1998 the records were stored in various buildings and departments which were often unsecured and not ideal. Fortunately the climate of the Falkland Islands is cool and dry and there are no insects which damage or inhabit paper.

The Falkland Islands Government Archives building was purpose-built to meet the minimum requirements of the National Archives Standard for Record Repositories and was opened late 1998 to house government records. The Government Archivist, Jane Cameron was passionate about the history of the Islands and worked to ensure the preservation of Government records and to make them accessible to all. After her tragic death in 2009 the archives was changed to a national archives in 2010 and re-named The Jane Cameron National Archives in her memory. Since then the National Archivist, Tansy Bishop, has continued to expand the collections and to ensure the preservation and accessibility of records held in order that maximum use can be made of them. The Archives attract researchers globally and deal with a wide variety of research requests each year along with providing a Reading Room for those that choose to visit in person.

The Jane Cameron National Archives ensure the long-term survival and easy accessibility of all those records most important to the history and administration of the Falklands and contain the records of British administration, Falkland Islands Company Ltd Stanley Office records and a wide range of other documents of family and academic interest.

 

We have a dedicated reading room available to researchers with power points available for laptops. Due to staffing constraints we do request that all researchers book well in advance. This allows us to ensure that best use of your time with us can be made and that there will be space and resources available to you.  It also allows us to advise if we will be closed due to any local public holidays during your visit.

All researchers are most welcome to contact us prior to booking to check what records are available in their subject of research.

Our hours are:

General Office: - for e-mails and telephone queries
Monday to Friday
• 8.00am to 12.00 noon
• 1.00pm to 4.30pm
 
Reading Room: - for visiting researchers (by appointment only)
Monday to Friday
• 9.00am to 11.30am
• 1.30pm to 4.00pm
 
 
The Archives will be closed on the following days for the rest of 2017:
25-29 December (Christmas break)
The Archives will be closed on the following days for 2018:
1-5 January (New Year's Day & Chistmas break)
30 March (Good Friday)
23 April (Queen's Birthday)
14 June (Liberation Day)
1 October (Peat Cutting Monday)
10 December (Battle Day)
25-31 December (Christmas)

 

 

Stanley 1863 1
 

Vision:   A facility ensuring the long-term survival and easy accessibility of all those records most important to the history and administration of the Falklands.

Mission: To maintain and preserve the archives of the Falkland Islands in order that maximum use can be made of them and to promote the study of Falkland's history, directly supporting Islands Plan policies of:

1. Self–Determination.

3. Education.

6. Good Governance.

 

The primary objective of the Falkland Islands Government in setting up the Archives was the preservation of existing, current and future Government records with the aim of making them easily accessible to facilitate the operation of government and to ensure the study and promotion of Falkland Islands history locally and internationally, and to raise awareness of the Islands.

The majority of the holdings are government records but with the change of the Archives into a National Archives it is now accepting those collections from the private sector and individuals which fit within its remit.

Colonial Managers old house 4 Jan 1876