Boxes and boxes of archive files line the temperature-controlled corridors, housing the last words and testament of roughly 41 million people. Here lies every will granted probate in England and Wales since 1858. Some are neatly typed, some are grand Victorian tomes, some are written in haste on pages torn from books. There’s even one written on an egg.
This year, the entire archive became accessible to the public. Iron Mountain (the private company that maintains the facility on behalf of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service) has been busy digitising the documents since 2012. Now, for £10, you can download the final words of anyone from Alan Turing to Virginia Woolf or Diana, Princess of Wales. #genealogy