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Sad News: The Death of Aidan Hyland Lawes

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

It is with great sorrow that we announce the recent death, on Palm Sunday 1 April 2012, at the age of 54, of our former colleague Aidan Hyland Lawes.  He never fully recovered from a dangerous operation undergone at Harefield Hospital on 25 January.  Aidan was for several years a valuable and valued member of the Fine Rolls project team as a representative of The National Archives.   He was a great advocate and supporter of the publication of historical records of all periods, and was in charge of publications at The National Archives for a number of years, before he had to take early retirement at the end of 2008 because of ill-health.  He attended the project events held in the Rolls Chapel building at the Chancery Lane building of the former Public Record Office, now the Maugham Library of King’s College, which features in his publication Chancery Lane, 1377-1977: ‘The Strong Box of the Empire’ (PRO Publications, 1996).  In the volume he printed the poem Goodbye Chancery Lane by a former colleague, Alan Jensen.  One verse reads: ‘The Rolls Chapel is empty too, But for the brooding tombs, Whose occupants keep a watchful eye, On the abandoned reading rooms’.  Aidan loved the building and its history, and was delighted that it eventually found such a suitable use as a King’s College library, overcoming the gloom occasioned by the departure of the records and staff in 1996 and encapsulated in Alan’s poem.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and shared his enthusiasms.

Aidan (centre), with David Crook and David Carpenter