Britain may lose its memories in age of the email

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A leading family historian urged Britons yesterday not to "wipe our collective memory" by relying on electronic means to communicate.
Nick Barratt's appeal came as a senior MP repeated warnings that, in a few years, digital records of government business might be unreadable because of the accelerating pace of technological change.

Mr Barratt, The Daily Telegraph's Family Detective and the researcher behind the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series, said that the throwaway nature of modern society meant that this generation was in danger of leaving behind an inadequate legacy of memories.

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