My favourite closed government website…

… has to be Enemy Property, which dealt with the handling of property seized from people during the Second World War. It’s not just the gap of several decades between the last seizure of property and the invention of the web, let alone the creation of the website, which caught my eye but also this detail:

The database on this website has not been edited. It therefore includes assets which were repaid in the 1950s.

In other words, someone actually sat down to create a website that contained information that was already several decades out of date. Though perhaps someone knows more about this process and why that was done?


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