In the 1980s, a collection of documents from the Royal Mail archive in Manchester was put up for auction.
It sold for just £30,000.
The auctioneer, Peter Hargreaves, had worked for the Mail for decades.
It was a good way to make money.
But Hargas was not a collector.
In fact, he was a “pig farmer”, he says.
“I was a farmer, but I didn’t have the time to look after pigs,” he says, recalling how he bought a pig and fed it to a piglet for free.
He was also not a big collector.
He wanted to build a house.
He could not afford a house in the middle of the country.
So he turned to his son to help him build the house he wanted.
The house was the house.
The only difference was, Peter bought it from an archivist, who he had met in an old pub.
The archive of the Royal National Archives, Cambridge, is in the city.
But the building was still under construction.
“We had to make a decision.
Do we put it up for sale, or keep it?
We didn’t know if we could sell it or not,” Peter Houghton says.
He made a call to the archivist.
“He said, ‘Well, if you think you can build a nice house for £30 million, you can do it.'”
So Peter Harington bought the house for a sum of money, and the building for another £60,000 – the equivalent of a quarter of a million today.
The project began in 1986.
The House was completed in 1994, and Peter Hroughton took over the management of the collection.
In 2000, it became the National Archives’ largest collection.
It holds more than 60,000 items, including documents relating to the Second World War, the Great Depression, and other times of the British empire.
Today, the collection is the largest of its kind in the world.
But when Peter Harkings son, Philip, started working in the archives, he became an archivist.
“Philip was a bit of a nut,” Peter says.
In 2003, the Houghtons moved to a new house in Kent, near where the National Archive is located.
It is not far from the National Library.
“It is a bit like a big house,” Philip says.
And he says he has enjoyed his new life in the National Museum.
“They have a really nice museum in the front of the building.
I’m quite excited.
They have new collections, new books, and there are loads of old newspapers and other things,” Philip Haringtons says.
So what’s the story behind the House?
It is one of the earliest collections in the Royal Institution.
“This collection has been preserved for over 100 years because the archive was a very important part of the fabric of the national life of the nation,” Peter explains.
Peter Haggsons son, Phil, now runs the collection, and has worked with Peter Hoggs since 1981.
The collection consists of some 5,000 documents, from the British Empire’s earliest days to the present day.
“The archival work has gone on for more than 150 years,” says Phil Hough, a professor at the Royal Institute of British Architects and a former director of the National Gallery of England.
“But we have kept a very close eye on the collection.”
So what does Peter Haggington do now?
“I work at the National Maritime Museum, which is on the Thames, and it is one the largest museums in the country,” he tells Al Jazeera.
“So I do a lot of maritime research.
So I do work on a lot in this area, and I am a specialist in archival research.” “
And the National Health Service also runs a huge collection of medical documents and medical research.
So I do work on a lot in this area, and I am a specialist in archival research.”
So how did the collection come to be?
“We were doing research in the 1950s about the Royal Navy, when the war was raging,” Philip explains.
“That’s when we started looking at documents relating directly to the war.
We started looking in the old Royal Navy archives.
And then we looked at a few of the old British Empire records that we had in our collection.”
The collection of Royal Navy documents, which were acquired through the Great War, dates back to the 1860s.
It includes documents relating the birth and death of the King George V, the reign of King Edward VII, and a number of letters written by the Queen.
Philip explains that the collection was initially a collection about the wars.
But in the 1980’s, the National Trust began looking into what the Royal Marines and Royal Navy were up to during the Second War, which started in 1914.
“Then in 1997, the museum became a national research centre,” Philip adds.
“In 2002, we moved the collection from the museum to the National