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Memento : Issue 20
corridors memento may 2002 16 Listeners to ABC Radio in Adelaide and Canberra are learning about the diversity of our collection, what it holds for them, and how we look after it. Currently talking about us on air are Archives staff Margaret Kenna in Canberra and Graham Hawker in Adelaide. On the last Sunday of each month at 11.30 am in Canberra and the last Wednesday of each month at 9.00 pm in Adelaide, they can be heard chatting to an ABC presenter about the collection and its surprises, exhibitions, events and issues involved in managing a national archival institution. Each month they focus on a chapter or theme from our latest booklet, Our Collection, as a way of guiding listeners through the themes documented in the records we keep. This new venture fits with our 2002 resolution to tell as many Australians as possible about the National Archives, its collection and the valuable work it does. Listener 666 ABC Radio host Alex Sloan (right) with Margaret Kenna (centre) from the Archives and special guest Jillian Salz in the Canberra studio. Shirley Sullivan and Christine Evans from the Archives organising the transfer of personal records from Parliament House ARCHIVES ARCHIVES VOLUME feedback shows we are reaching a pleasing number of people in the community. We are working towards having an ABC radio spot in each State by the end of this year --- so stay tuned to your local ABC! In the corridors of power Have you ever wondered what happens to politicians' papers when they retire? What becomes of all the memos, letters, emails and other records created during their term of office? After every Federal election, some Ministers retire from government. It is our task to collect Commonwealth records that they have created as part of government business. Sometimes Ministers deposit records with us even before an election, especially if they need to create space in their offices. As soon as the Prime Minister announced his new Cabinet after the 2001 election, we went into action to begin the transfer of records from Parliament House. For three weeks, we made the journey 'up the hill' to a room hidden away inside the House of Representatives wing of Parliament House. We were greatly helped in the transfer by support from Parliament House, in particular the Serjeant-at- Arms' Office, the Parliament Security Service, guides from the Visitors Service, and staff from the Loading Dock, Joint House Department. This election brought us records from Prime Minister the Hon. John Howard MP and outgoing Opposition Leader the Hon. Kim Beazley MP, former Deputy Prime Minister; the Hon. Jackie Kelly MP, former Minister for Sport and Tourism (and now Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister); Senator the Hon. Peter Cook, former Minister for Industry, Science and Technology; and the Hon. Bob McMullan MP, former Minister for Trade. Our work was both fascinating and taxing, requiring the thoughtful application of archival arrangement principles to assorted boxes of papers, files, video and tape cassettes. Existing systems of arrangement were often intriguing and sometimes bewildering! Our team was thrilled to be part of a project that will provide a rich resource for future researchers. And in another three years, we'll have the chance to do it all again! on the air