Yes indeed, the very happy lot of the Friends’ editor and the supporting band of volunteers. Time certainly flies and the end of this year will mark my fourth year in the role (with a short inter regnum in 2012). Our magazine, Magna, is published in April, August and December. The production of the magazine may seem all calm and measured, akin to one of the swans serenely progressing across the lake. However, in reality there are bursts of frenzied activity several months or so before each edition appears. A lot occurs out of sight so I thought I would take you behind the scenes.
The Friends were formed in 1988 and the magazine started life as a four, or sometimes eight, page newsletter. In 1992 the format was changed to an A5 sized parish magazine style. It contained features, snippets and short articles about the records held at the then Public Record Office (PRO). The magazine was imaginatively called Prophile to reflect the Friends’ association with the PRO. In 2007 the format changed to A4 and colour covers were introduced. With the change to The National Archives the magazine title became the rather cumbersome Magazine of the Friends of The National Archives. We switched to our current title in 2012 to once again reflect our connection.