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The Ministry of Justice is engaged in historical vandalism

20 December 2023

12:01 AM

20 December 2023

12:01 AM

This week, the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation on its plan to digitise its vast archive of wills. The only problem is that it also wants to destroy its original paper copies – which date from 1858.

This destruction is supposed to save the taxpayer £4.5 million per year, although wills that ‘belong to notable individuals or have significant historical interest’ will be retained.

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