Re-discovering Discovery

Having just returned from the London Historical Novel Society conference, I had planned to write about the weekend in this post, but as a major archive related release happened on September 1st – I thought I’d give that a brief mention now instead.

This new version of Discovery, The National Archive’s catalogue, now includes an extra 10 million records. These are from several databases, which were previously separate entities:

  • National Register of Archives (NRA) –  a previous incarnation of the Discovery catalogue.
  • Directory of archives (ARCHON) – listing of archives, contact details etc.
  • Access to Archives (A2A) – containing catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales.
  • Manorial Documents Register (MDR) – the location and extent  of manorial records.

These databases will be closed in the autumn and so from then on will only be accessible via Discovery

There is also a new search engine, enhanced filters and improved advanced search options all of which should upgrade the search experience for users

I’m looking forward to using the new Discovery platform.

Here is the link to the improved Discovery page, hop over there and then let me know what you think in the comments below.