Monday, 24 September 2012


Survivals from another age

The Villányi út Institute in Budapest is not of course the building that Andras Peto successfully politicked for more than sixty years ago. That was demolished and a new building constructed in its very place. Here's how –

Treaty Series No 33 (1997)

 between the Government of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
and the Government of the Republic of Hungary
concerning the Extension

and Refurbishment of the

Pető Institute Building at

Villányi út 67
Budapest, 25 March 1997
The Agreement entered into force on 25 March 1991

Presented to Parliament

by the Secretary of State for Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs

by Command of Her Majesty

June 1997 

Cm 3668

You can read the complete treaty document archived on line at:

Conductive World has linked to this treaty before:

Both links given on that posting are now dead. But the content of one of these documents at least is now alive again on line – this treaty.

Resurrecting information

Documents published on line are very vulnerable. Some websites persist on for years, long after thier original purpose has been passed – witness for example the sites still directing people to now long-dead CE centres – but many of continuing potential interest are taken smartly off line by their owners as circumstances change. The online record of his treaty went that way.

A lot of people know this. Rather fewer are aware of the emergence of web-archiving services that offer searchable access to dead URLs. The American Wayback Machine has been already been mentioned on Conductive World, and used to bring some of CE's early online documents back from the dead. There is also now a British web archive too:

The UK Web Archive will offer future generations access to defunct UK websites that have research value or are representative of British social history and cultural heritage – in perpetuity, it hopes. I draws upon blogs, wikis, tweets, web-based community data bases, Facebook groups, YouTube and micro-blogging, that in 21C will be as much part of the nation's heritage as paper publications.

Go to the UK Web Archive's website and test it out by using its search facility. The UK has already accumulated quite a rich 'conductive history'. You might be surprised to find that there is a record of your own activities already preserved there ('in perpetuity'!)

It is also preserving this treaty on line.

A building reborn

The new building at no 67 still operates, built upon the foundations of the original – and built therefore to the same floor plan that AP himself originally specified. From this week, you will be able to read the reasoning behind his planning – and the structural problems that come from over-hasty Stakhanovite construction – in the book Andras Pető


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