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Liverpool Post loses local history treasures

18 June 2013

Trinity Mirror, the owner of the Liverpool Post, is planning to send its newspaper library, a wonderful collection of old news and sport photographs, 150 miles down the M1 to Watford. The plans involve putting one NUJ member at Liverpool at risk of redundancy.

Newspaper library collections are a valuable community asset, treasured by newspapers and the communities they serve. That is why the NUJ is campaigning to make sure that these archives – and the staff who run them – are protected.

Liverpool is a community proud of its heritage. These materials belong to the city and the journalists who serve it. It is a vital source for writers putting together features and stories. They need this material, which is not necessarily in a digital form, to inform their articles.

The NUJ is concerned that as papers close, district offices shut and titles merge these community assets are lost – consigned to a skip or the bin.

Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands Organiser, said:

"The archives that Trinity Mirror wishes to rip out of the Merseyside community are precious, not just to the people of Liverpool, but also in their own right.
"They are a tremendous asset built up from the industry of generations of photographers and reporters and should be seen as a community asset to be treasured, not just a commercial tool to be exploited.
"This proposal by Trinity Mirror comes at a crucial time when the company is looking to expand its operations involving heritage content on Merseyside. Dumping all the archives in Watford would limit this type of work and will be frustrating for our members trying to carry it out."

Tags: , Trinity Mirror, archive, regional newspapers, Liverpool