Our catalogue Discovery lets you find records held here at The National Archives and also in over 2500 archives in the UK and beyond. For the last year, we have been further developing Discovery to provide a new platform for the Manorial Documents Register (MDR).
The MDR is an index to English and Welsh manorial records – my colleague Melinda Haunton’s blog about the MDR and why it’s a useful resource will give you an overview of manorial records, as well as the background of the register and how we are making it available online.
We launched a new MDR landing page earlier this summer. Having established the service, we are going to retire the old service (nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr) on 30 October 2015. The web address will redirect to the new service.
Since the information from the MDR was first integrated into Discovery over a year ago, there has been considerable development and time spent seeking feedback on the new landing page. Though the previous platform will not be available after October, all of its information and functionality is retained and available in Discovery.
So what does using the MDR in Discovery mean in practice?
Discovery’s search engine and custom search logic allows you to use the information within the MDR in ways that were not previously possible.
As with data originating from the National Register of Archives, which has also been integrated into Discovery, you can now search the descriptions of records, as well as record creators (in this case, the manor). Continue reading »