The Archive Service had quite a surprise on Thursday when a delivery of boxes containing university records arrived. Although we had been expecting them for some time we were unsure as to when they would actually come and just how much material they would contain. This will be quite an introduction to the archival practice of appraisal; that is the decision making process of what should be kept, and equally, what should be disposed of. The profession has long debated these questions, as of course, you cannot keep everything. Watch this space to see how we progress!