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I am in my ancestors’ footsteps at Bancroft

PUBLISHED: 19:51 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I WAS horrified to learn about the (threatened) closure and separation of Tower Hamlets Archive and History Library collections and simply must protest against this unwise move. I have been visiting the Bancroft Archives frequently over the last two years and have found out so much about my Jewish ancestors

Dear Editor,

I WAS horrified to learn about the (threatened) closure and separation of Tower Hamlets Archive and History Library collections and simply must protest against this unwise move (Advertiser website).

I have been visiting the Bancroft Archives frequently over the last two years and have found out so much about my Jewish ancestors.

Firstly... because of the brilliance of Chris and Malcolm the archivists, making valuable suggestions which I have not found in any other archives elsewhere...

Secondly... because every relevant piece of archived information relating to my East End roots has been in one place, in the heart of the area where it all began with my family history.

This makes my visits to the Bancroft extra special, as the archives are situated where my ancestors were either born, lived, worked, died, or are buried.

Coming to Bancroft Road is like following in my ancestors' footsteps. It is a wonderful feeling.

It would be a devastating loss on all counts should the archives and history library close with its stock divided up. I hope Tower Hamlets council will make a U-turn.

B Shiel

Holloway, North London


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