Thursday, January 05, 2006

Using Aide Memoires

Using Aide Memoires as a Memory Aid - Mind Tools:

" An Aide Memoire (Memory aid) is a structured list of points or headings that should be considered when solving a particular problem. It tends to be specific to the type of problem being faced."

If you are solving a common problem, then a good aide memoire may already exist for it. If you cannot find a good pre-prepared one, then you may have to develop it for yourself. This is worthwhile where you need to plan a number of similar jobs

for example a check list developed for use of the pilot when an aeroplane is prepared on the runway before take off

Pre-Takeoff Checklist
I see pilots are using a Pocket PC device these days instead of a clip board strapped to the thigh

and for a glider

and for a genealogist before visits to archives what to bring with you
from The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU England UK

Background information on your enquiry
Please bring as much information as you can on your enquiry. This will help us to help you.

Reader's tickets
Please remember to bring your reader's ticket with you. If you forget or lose your valid reader's ticket and would like a replacement you will have to pay a fee.
All reader's tickets are valid for three years from the date of issue. Tickets are automatically cancelled after this period. A new ticket will be issued on proof of identity

Proof of identity
To get a reader's ticket British visitors will need, a driving licence, passport, cheque card or credit card. If you have come from abroad then bring your national identity card, driving licence or your passport. If you are still at school or college, aged 14 or over, please bring a letter on headed notepaper, signed by your teacher or tutor, together with some evidence of your age (for example a birth certificate).

You can only use graphite ('lead') pencils here. Pens are not allowed.
Notebook, notepad or Transparent Document Wallet

You may only take twenty sheets of loose paper into the reading rooms.

'Loose' paper includes any documents you might want to bring. You can take a notebook, notepad and/or twenty sheets of loose paper, which may be located in a transparent document wallet. Or you can use a portable computer or typewriter: These can be used in appropriate areas of the reading rooms.

Digital camera
Digital cameras may be used to take photographs of some documents. You will have to register your camera with us. Please ask for further details at the record copying desk.

Somewhere to keep your valuables
You will have to leave coats and bags in the lockers provided in the cloakrooms.

Cash, cheques or credit card
If you need copies of documents they can be paid for using any of these methods

Warm clothing
You may want to bring a pullover or cardigan to wear in the reading rooms.

Food and drink
There is a restaurant and an area where you can eat your own food and drink.

I would add white cotton gloves to protect mss
but much work is done with film in the self service areas

a sheet of plastic to protect maps and cushions to support old books are provided at the archives

The Family Records Centre
You do not need a reader's ticket to visit the Family Records Centre in London.
To find out more about visiting the Family Records Centre, see the information here, or visit their website at


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