Adopt a Document

  • 15th May 2019

There’s a way where you can both support our work and provide a gift to yourself or a friend at the same time. Our Adopt a Document scheme allows you to select and adopt a document, whilst helping with important conservation work.

Keith Parsons with his certificate

Keith Parsons’ son in law adopted a document on his behalf. Keith is a keen historian, researching his family history and local WWI history. He knows the value of archives so his family thought it would be a great present for him. The document chosen was an embroidered 1919 New Year card, sent from Eddie, who was stationed at RAF Duxford, to a friend in the army. This seemed appropriate as it was marking the end of the war through the flags shown on the front, and Keith had done a lot for various projects investigating the First World War at home and the men who went off to fight.

Keith said, “It was a very pleasant surprise to receive this, and the card chosen is fascinating. I’ve been looking at a few letters from soldiers sent after the armistice and it was a period of optimism after the fighting. Eddie and the recipient must both have been feeling so relieved that war was over. I’m also please than the conservation team are being supported as I know the amazing information which can be contained within the archives.”

The adopted 1919 New Year Card

reverse of card

If you would like to adopt a document you can go to our website and choose from a list of potential documents for £20, and you will receive a certificate for you or whoever you wish to present it to.

Alternatively if you want to be specific you can adopt any of the documents within the archives, for £200, as well as sending you a thank you certificate, a digital copy of your document and your donation will be recorded as a permanent listing in our ‘Sponsors Record’. In recognition of your donation a book plate will be held with your document in perpetuity.

The money raised will go towards important conservation work to ensure archives are preserved and available for the future.

Adopt a Document


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