News – The National Archives http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:12:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.4 New member joins The National Archives’ board http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/new-member-joins-the-national-archives-board/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:00:25 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=65073 We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sonia Cargan as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ Board. Sonia takes up her post this January following a competitive recruitment campaign. Currently Chief Colleague Inclusion and Diversity Officer for American Express, she is responsible for leading American Express’ global strategy for inclusion and diversity […]

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sonia Cargan as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ Board.

Sonia takes up her post this January following a competitive recruitment campaign. Currently Chief Colleague Inclusion and Diversity Officer for American Express, she is responsible for leading American Express’ global strategy for inclusion and diversity and has previously led the company’s human resources functions across Europe and Asia.

She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) and was named one of Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity in 2019.

Lesley Cowley, Chair of The National Archives’ Board, said of the appointment: ‘In advertising for this role, we sought an exceptional candidate who can bring the strategic support, challenge and scrutiny appropriate for a publicly-funded body and who also brings particular experience in equality and diversity.

‘We are delighted to have identified a candidate in Sonia who combines these strengths and I look forward to welcoming her as a member of the Board.’

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, also welcomed Sonia, saying: ‘Sonia joins our Board at a key moment, bringing an impressive record of achievement and international leadership in organisational development and diversity.

‘She joins a strong and dedicated leadership team, committed to navigating through the present period of operational challenge to deliver our strategic vision, Archives for Everyone.

‘Central to that strategy is our commitment to becoming an inclusive archive and I’ve no doubt that her experience will prove invaluable in guiding our progress towards this goal.’

Sonia Cargan said of her appointment: ‘I’m excited to join The National Archives’ Board at this important time. I’ve been impressed by the organisation’s ambition and its board level commitment to diversity and inclusion as absolutely central to achieving its goal to become an archive for the 21st century.’

We are also pleased to confirm the reappointments to our Board for a further term of Baroness (Ros) Scott of Needham Market and Mark Richards.

Further information on The National Archives’ Board is available here.

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Funding received for equipment upgrade http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/funding-received-for-equipment-upgrade/ Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:37:24 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=65042 Our Collection Care and Licensing, Publishing and Digitisation departments have received £264,000 in funding as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Capability for Collections (CapCo) fund. The CapCo fund is a landmark £15m investment in the arts and humanities that will help secure the future of the UK’s galleries, libraries, archives and […]

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Our Collection Care and Licensing, Publishing and Digitisation departments have received £264,000 in funding as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Capability for Collections (CapCo) fund.

The CapCo fund is a landmark £15m investment in the arts and humanities that will help secure the future of the UK’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The investment will transform the heritage sector’s ability to generate research and create marketable products, by supporting the back of house spaces that drive the success of these institutions and the staff who maintain them.

The funds we have been awarded will be used for an urgent upgrade of core equipment for our digitisation programme, and the Heritage Science and Conservation Research Laboratory in our Collection Care studio.

The purchase of a microform scanner and a sheet-fed scanner will ensure that we continue to provide rapid and wide-ranging digital copying services for the records in our collections to readers across the globe. A critical upgrade to our multispectral imaging system and the acquisition of an open-geometry micro-Raman analyser will complete the suite of portable analytical instruments in our studio, securing its status as a vital research hub for archival and library heritage science research and innovation in the UK.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives, said: “We are delighted to have won funding that will enable research, and help us to share our collections and expertise with readers at The National Archives and colleagues across the cultural heritage sector who work with documentary collections.”

The AHRC Capability for Collections fund is part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) World Class Labs funding scheme, a £213m investment in all disciplines from physical sciences to arts and humanities, made through eight research councils. The purpose of the funding scheme, which was announced by UKRI on 6 January, is to expand and upgrade existing research infrastructure to help UK researchers tackle major challenges.

Professor Christopher Smith, AHRC Executive Chair, said: “AHRC are proud to support the CapCo Fund as a landmark investment in our galleries, libraries, archives, museums and special collections. Our Collections organisations form the backbone of our heritage economy and act as a vital resource and source of inspiration for many diverse researchers.

“AHRC recognises that investment in maintaining and improving research facilities will support and maintain these organisations in a vital way at a time when they are most vulnerable.”

See the UKRI announcement for more information: https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-invests-to-upgrade-uks-world-class-research-infrastructure/

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Reading room services suspended until further notice http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/coronavirus-update/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:00:52 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=61121 Reading room services suspended until further notice

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the national lockdown in England, our reading room services are suspended until further notice.

Some of our online services that rely on staff having access to our building and collections are suspended until further notice, including record copying and paid search. New visitor bookings are temporarily suspended until we are able to open our reading rooms again.

Please note that our Freedom of Information services are also affected.

Most of our online services are unaffected however and will continue as normal:

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Prime Minister’s files from 1997 released http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/prime-ministers-files-from-1997-released/ Wed, 30 Dec 2020 05:00:30 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=64675 Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, predominantly covering the final months of John Major’s government in 1997. The newly released Cabinet Office files (CAB and PREM) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Major’s leadership. Some examples of files being released include: […]

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Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, predominantly covering the final months of John Major’s government in 1997.

The newly released Cabinet Office files (CAB and PREM) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Major’s leadership.

Some examples of files being released include:

PREM 19/5890:?A visit by Diana, Princess of Wales, to Angola in January 1997 on behalf of the Red Cross’ campaign against the use of landmines.

PREM 19/6040: A?campaign to make the two minutes silences?on both 11 November and on Remembrance Sunday a permanent arrangement.?

PREM 19/6063: Correspondence?relating to?Mary Whitehouse, president (and later president emeritus) of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association (NVLA) on ‘video nasties’.

PREM 19/6222: Correspondence between John Major and his predecessor Margaret Thatcher.

PREM 19/6229: Planning for the royal Golden Wedding celebrations.

PREM 19/6253: Discussions of hoax telephone calls made by comedian Rory Bremner impersonating the Prime Minister.?

Also included are files covering UK relations with other countries such as Ireland, the United States, South Africa, Japan, China, and Russia.

The files can be searched using our catalogue, Discovery, with around 200 available to view online.

You can also find out more about our?previous file releases.

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COVID-19 Archives Fund launched http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/covid-19-archives-fund-launched/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:55:53 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=64278 The National Archives has launched a new COVID-19 Archives Fund which will support quick interventions to secure vulnerable physical and born-digital records. The fund has been allocated £500,000 from HM Treasury, with individual applicants across the UK able to apply for a maximum of £50,000. As a result of the pandemic, many archive-holding businesses, charities, […]

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""The National Archives has launched a new COVID-19 Archives Fund which will support quick interventions to secure vulnerable physical and born-digital records. The fund has been allocated £500,000 from HM Treasury, with individual applicants across the UK able to apply for a maximum of £50,000.

As a result of the pandemic, many archive-holding businesses, charities, local authorities and arts organisations may struggle to deal with issues related to their collections if they are already dealing with limited resources. This new fund, which is open to both recognised collecting institutions and other archival custodians, will help to ensure that vital records are not lost or dispersed.

Successful applicants will be able to use their grants to determine the best way of safeguarding their vulnerable records and, if necessary, look for an appropriate new home for their documents. As part of this process of protecting records at risk, the grants will offset some of the practical costs of storage, conservation, transport and expertise.

Jeff James, Historical Manuscripts Commissioner said:

‘At a time when the archive sector, like many others, is struggling and is trying to deal with new challenges, I am pleased to be able to announce specific funding which will give practical support to protecting records at risk. The fund demonstrates our commitment to supporting the archives sector in acquiring or retaining unique collections, whose loss would create significant gaps in our national memory.’

Applications will be assessed by a panel drawn from across the archives, cultural and heritage sectors. The panel represents a variety of networks who can share information and quickly assess the merits of an application for assistance.?The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021 as the funding must be distributed by 31 March 2021.

To find out more about the COVID-19 Archives Fund, please visit the fund’s webpages at www.liaone33.top/finding-funding/covid-19-archives-fund or email the Archive Sector Development team at asd@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

 

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Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: New Sponsor http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/discovering-collections-discovering-communities-new-sponsor/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:59:48 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=64148 We are pleased to announce that Wellcome and Wellcome Collection will be the headline sponsors of the DCDC21 Conference, which is hosted by The National Archives, RLUK, and Jisc. DCDC21 is a cross-sectoral conference, bringing together the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and academia) in the UK, Europe, and further afield. The 2021 conference […]

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We are pleased to announce that Wellcome and Wellcome Collection will be the headline sponsors of the DCDC21 Conference, which is hosted by The National Archives, RLUK, and Jisc.

DCDC21 is a cross-sectoral conference, bringing together the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and academia) in the UK, Europe, and further afield. The 2021 conference will explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change for our cultural heritage organisations and working practices, collections, and audience engagement, and examine how we might foster innovation and collaboration in our institutions and communities.

As an independent foundation that exists to improve health, the work of Wellcome has never been more important as we seek to address the major challenges faced by society today. Wellcome Collection, Wellcome’s free museum and library dedicated to exploring health and human experience, is a major cultural institution in its own right. The DCDC Conference partners look forward to working with colleagues from Wellcome in showcasing the amazing work being undertaken across the cultural, heritage, and research communities during a period that has required a collective response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The DCDC partners commented that ‘We’re delighted that Wellcome and Wellcome Collection are supporting DCDC21 as headline sponsor. This further underpins our collective desire that DCDC conferences fully represent the broadest cross-section of the GLAM and Academic communities as possible. By working with Wellcome, we hope that next year’s DCDC conference will reach the broadest range of professionals, from early-career to seasoned veterans, across a wide range of specialisms and disciplines.’

  • David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
  • Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives
  • Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc

Jenny Haynes, Head of Collections & Research, Wellcome Collection, commented:

‘The questions raised by DCDC21 are both important and urgent. Future generations will judge us on how we respond to the structural inequalities that have been laid bare during recent months. It has never been more essential for galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and academia to stand together and learn from each other as we move forwards from words to action. As a museum and library with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, it is doubly appropriate for Wellcome Collection to play a role in helping these important conversations to happen.’

Chris Hassan, Portfolio Manager, Humanities & Social Science, Wellcome, commented:

‘Wellcome is really proud to support DCDC21. There are few other conferences that do such a fantastic job of bringing together research communities with such a broad range of cultural heritage organisations. At a time when access to cultural institutions is more challenging than ever, the conference offers a vital opportunity to share ideas and shape new approaches to research and discovery.’

DCDC21 will be held virtually from 28 June to 2 July 2021, and the call for papers is currently open for submissions: www.dcdcconference.com.

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Preparing to welcome back visitors: more seats and greater access http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/preparing-to-welcome-back-visitors-more-seats-and-greater-access/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:58:15 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63949 We are waiting for clarification of when we will be able to resume our public reading room services and we will share information as we get it. What we can confirm now is that when we do reopen our reading rooms, we will be offering increased capacity and services. We know that the period since […]

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We are waiting for clarification of when we will be able to resume our public reading room services and we will share information as we get it. What we can confirm now is that when we do reopen our reading rooms, we will be offering increased capacity and services.

We know that the period since March has been frustrating and challenging for the archives sector and its users, and we recognise the real disappointment and difficulty that current restrictions cause researchers. Over recent months we have been working hard behind the scenes to review and redesign our services in order to offer improvements, while maintaining a COVID-secure environment for our visitors and staff.

As a result of this work, when we are able to re-open to visitors, our reading room services will include:

  • 150 per cent increase in reading room places
  • Daily document limit increased from nine to 12 (plus three reserves)
  • Saturday opening reinstated (as well as Tuesday to Friday)
  • Library material and finding aids available by pre-order
  • New standby list to fill cancellation slots
  • Staffed enquiry desk and access to computers for pre-booked visitors.

All visitors must continue to book their visit?and order their documents in advance, including for the standby list. We will initially give priority to those visitors whose bookings were postponed when the current national restrictions came into effect on 5 November, before opening up bookings more widely to everyone. We will email all those affected directly.

We will confirm when these changes will be introduced, and when bookings will reopen, as soon as we have confirmation from government of which alert level (tier) we will be in. Please check our website and social media channels for updates.

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Archive services achieve accreditation for a second time http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/archive-services-achieve-accreditation-for-a-second-time/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:00:49 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63904 The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee are pleased to announce that Lancashire Archives and London Metropolitan Archives have been awarded accredited status for the second time. By attaining accreditation, archive services demonstrate that they meet the UK standard for collections management and access to collections, showing resilience and the ability to manage changing circumstances successfully. […]

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The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee are pleased to announce that Lancashire Archives and London Metropolitan Archives have been awarded accredited status for the second time.

By attaining accreditation, archive services demonstrate that they meet the UK standard for collections management and access to collections, showing resilience and the ability to manage changing circumstances successfully.

This has been vital to granting awards during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which has presented exceptional challenges to archive services.

All accredited archive services must apply again six years after their initial award to retain their accredited status.

A full list of accredited archive services is available here.

Find out more about Archive Service Accreditation here and further information about Archive Service Accreditation and the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic here.

Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives, and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division.

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The National Archives joins the Climate Heritage Network http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/the-national-archives-joins-the-climate-heritage-network/ Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:52:58 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63784 Today we publish our statement on Sustainability and Climate Action as we announce our membership of the Climate Heritage Network (CHN).? ?In 2019, legislation was passed committing the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. We are supporting the government to reach this target with our sustainability activities stretching across […]

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Today we publish our statement on Sustainability and Climate Action as we announce our membership of the Climate Heritage Network (CHN).?

?In 2019, legislation was passed committing the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. We are supporting the government to reach this target with our sustainability activities stretching across multiple functions.???

?As the official archive of the UK government, we are responsible for preserving the nation’s heritage. We recognise the importance of climate and environmental stability for safeguarding our collections, and for the overall security of communities, cultural heritage and ecosystems across the world.??

?Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper at The National Archives, said: ‘Meeting the government’s target of being carbon neutral by 2050 is a priority. As well as reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, domestic air travel, water consumption and operational waste, we have adapted our grounds to create a welcoming environment for wildlife, established a popular bike loan scheme for staff and formed a Green Champions scheme to support staff in adopting a more sustainable culture.’?

‘While we are proud of these achievements, we are not complacent about the need to continue to be ambitious about the targets we set ourselves. The challenges we experience in achieving this will also be felt to some degree, by archives and other heritage bodies worldwide.’??

‘Through sharing the resources and the knowledge of its members, the CHN offers an opportunity to resolve these common challenges at a greater scale than we could achieve at an individual or national level. We are, therefore delighted to have joined the network and look forward to working with the other members.’?

CHN is an international, non-lobbying, voluntary network launched in October 2019. It promotes the concept that culture and heritage are assets for climate action. The network’s? members and supporters include arts, culture and heritage bodies, NGOs, universities and research organisations. Its action plan aims to provide an effective global partnership model for climate action.?

?Read our Sustainability and Climate Action statement here.

Learn more about the Climate Heritage Network here.?

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Creative writing competition launched for schools http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/creative-writing-competition-launched-for-schools/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 09:57:39 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63523 Lots of historical records focus on the rich, the influencers or the winners of particular periods. But in a new education resource now available on our website, The National Archives focuses on the voices of the poor in British Victorian society. Our brand new themed collection, Workhouse Voices, includes letters written by the poor and […]

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Lots of historical records focus on the rich, the influencers or the winners of particular periods. But in a new education resource now available on our website, The National Archives focuses on the voices of the poor in British Victorian society.

Our brand new themed collection, Workhouse Voices, includes letters written by the poor and paupers to New Poor Law officials after 1834. It allows students and teachers to develop their own questions and lines of historical enquiry on the nature of the legislation, the role of the authorities and the impact of the law on those who experienced it first-hand. The collection offers a unique insight into this world with these documents available digitally for the first time.

To highlight this new resource, The National Archives Education team is running its first ever creative writing competition for pupils at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

Taking your inspiration from some of the letters, write a short story which describes life in a Victorian workhouse or an experience of the Poor Law. In one of the letters from the collection one child writes, ‘If any of our parents bring anything, we are not allowed to have it’, and another letter states, ‘Take me out of this workhouse, I do not like to be in here’.

Once you have written your story, please submit it to us by Monday 30 November when it will be judged by a panel including acclaimed children’s author Sharon Gosling. More details about the competition can be found here.

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Five Photos: New online resource launched http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/five-photos-new-online-resource-launched/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:51:02 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63261 Today we are launching Five Photos, a new online resource that aims to engage older generations using imagery from our extensive collection. The resource is aimed at those shielding or in care home settings and is designed to inspire reminiscence, spark conversation and encourage participation on creative follow-up activities. Photographs from around the world have […]

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Today we are launching Five Photos, a new online resource that aims to engage older generations using imagery from our extensive collection. The resource is aimed at those shielding or in care home settings and is designed to inspire reminiscence, spark conversation and encourage participation on creative follow-up activities.

Photographs from around the world have been selected to feature in the resource and are accompanied by a series of questions and audio recordings offering different perspectives. Activities can be undertaken independently or in a group, with tips for coordinators on how to maximise engagement.

Five Photos has been launched in partnership with Arts in Care Homes, an initiative by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) that acts as a central hub for the delivery of arts and creative activities in care homes. This year, the theme is Creative Communities, celebrating the role of the arts in enhancing the lives of people living in care home settings.

Sara Griffiths, Outreach and Inclusion Manager at The National Archives, said: “It’s great to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Arts in Care Homes initiative. We know our records can be an effective tool for sparking conversations and hope that participants – whether shielding at home or in care homes – enjoy the resource.”

Five Photos is free and can be viewed here.

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Over £330,000 awarded in grants to archive services http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/over-330000-awarded-in-grants-to-archive-services/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:56:05 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63106 During the COVID-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to innovate and engage with archive users. To continue supporting this vital work over the summer, The National Archives, along with The Pilgrim Trust and Wolfson Foundation, has awarded grants totalling £302,324 from the Archives Revealed funding programme. In addition, we have also awarded £37,500 […]

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to innovate and engage with archive users. To continue supporting this vital work over the summer, The National Archives, along with The Pilgrim Trust and Wolfson Foundation, has awarded grants totalling £302,324 from the Archives Revealed funding programme. In addition, we have also awarded £37,500 in grants to archive services across England through our Collaborate and Innovate funding programme.

The Archives Revealed funding programme has now been running for three years and provides cataloguing and scoping grants that allow archives to better understand, catalogue and promote their collections. One of the recent recipients is West Yorkshire Archive Service, who will catalogue over 170 cubic metres of archives that comprehensively describe the development of the entire Kirklees area since the 1820s. Nottingham Women’s History Group will use their grant to assess the importance of their collections and begin opening them up to researchers.

Collaborate and Innovate is our latest funding programme, which enables archive services to create or strengthen networks or explore original ideas that could have positive implications for the entire sector. Over the summer, we have allocated additional funding to this programme until March 2021 and recipients are free to test their new approaches without fear of failure. The programme only asks each project to share its learnings so that everyone can benefit from them. Among the recent recipients are the South West Heritage Trust, who will explore the possibility of offering a managed digital preservation system for small-scale archives, and the University of Reading, who will investigate how catalogue data and metadata can be represented in a way that is both helpful for users and straightforward to implement.

To find out more about these programmes and the recently funded projects, please visit our funding webpages: http://www.liaone33.top/archives-sector/finding-funding/.

If you are interested in applying to one of the programmes, please contact us as we’d be more than happy to discuss your ideas and explain the application process. You can reach the team by email at archivesrevealed@nationalarchives.gov.uk or candi@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

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Digital preservation project shortlisted for award http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/digital-preservation-project-shortlisted-for-award/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:50:57 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63092 We are delighted to announce that our Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project team has been shortlisted for The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation at the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards. This project was supported with grants from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The […]

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We are delighted to announce that our Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project team has been shortlisted for The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation at the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards.

This project was supported with grants from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The team comprised academics from Warwick University in the Applied Statistics and Risk Unit along with archive professionals from The National Archives, Dorset History Centre, Gloucestershire Archives, TfL Corporate Archives, Special Collections at the University of Leeds and the Design Archives at the University of Brighton along with the Digital Preservation Coalition.

The tool, called DiAGRAM, will enable archives professionals to navigate the complex digital archiving risk landscape and quantify the impact of risks on their collections, helping them to understand and manage digital preservation risk through time.

The Digital Preservation Awards celebrate people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining our digital legacy. As finalists, the team will deliver a short presentation to the digital preservation community at #WeMissIPRES event on Wednesday 24 September, before discussing the project in more detail with the judges.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 5 November, World Digital Preservation Day.

For more information on the finalists, click here.

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DCDC21 Conference: Call for papers http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/dcdc21-conference-call-for-papers/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:25:21 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=63029 The deadline to submit a proposal for next year’s DCDC conference has been extended to 22 January 2021 owing to the COVID-19 situation. The DCDC21 conference will explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums and cultural organisations. It will look at the impact that crisis can have on […]

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The deadline to submit a proposal for next year’s DCDC conference has been extended to 22 January 2021 owing to the COVID-19 situation.

The DCDC21 conference will explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums and cultural organisations. It will look at the impact that crisis can have on working practices, collections and audience engagement, and how periods of turbulence can lead to new opportunities for research and collaboration. It will seek to examine how cultural heritage organisations can look beyond times of crisis and foster innovation and collaboration in their institutions and communities.

In the midst of an extraordinary time in history, cultural heritage organisations across the globe are facing unprecedented changes and challenges. These events are forcing a reassessment of our place in, and our relationship with, society at large.

The response to recent events has been as varied as the sector itself. Libraries, archives and museums responded swiftly to their communities’ changing needs through adapting their offerings and fostering a spirit of collaboration, innovation and engagement in the digital environment. However, not all organisations have been able to respond in the same way, and the emphasis on digital solutions has highlighted the digital divide between institutions and users, and existing inequalities in digital infrastructure.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasised the deep inequalities which exist within societies based on race, gender, disability and socio-economic background. Initiatives and techniques seen previously as underpinning inclusivity, such as the digitisation of collections, look uncertain within the context of the ‘digital divide’, leaving us to question some of the fundamental assumptions around many of our collective activities.

DCDC21 is now inviting proposals in a range of formats on the?theme of ‘catalysts for change’. Proposals should be submitted by 22 January 2021. For more information, please visit https://dcdcconference.com/cfp/

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Artwork to commemorate heroes of the Blitz commissioned by Ancestry http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/artwork-to-commemorate-heroes-of-the-blitz-commissioned-by-ancestry/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:31:53 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62985 Family history experts Ancestry?have commissioned 33 artists around the UK to create artwork based on Civil Gallantry Award records held at The National Archives to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Blitz. The aerial bombing campaign of industrial towns and cities during the Second World War started on 7 September 1940 and […]

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Family history experts Ancestry?have commissioned 33 artists around the UK to create artwork based on Civil Gallantry Award records held at The National Archives to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Blitz.

The aerial bombing campaign of industrial towns and cities during the Second World War started on 7 September 1940 and continued for more than eight months causing widespread destruction across the UK.

Anna Marrow Ancestry Blitz Art 'Extinguishing Fires'

Anna Marrow, Ancestry Blitz Art ‘Extinguishing Fires’

Inspired by the War Artists Advisory Committee established in 1939, the new online gallery depicts 80 stories from areas hit hardest by the Blitz and reveals personal stories of everyday heroism on the home front.

Each piece of art is based on an historical record and true story from the Civil Gallantry Award collection.

Dr William Butler, Head of Military Records at The National Archives, said: “The Civilian Gallantry Award records are a treasure trove of stories, highlighting the incredible and often dangerous work carried out by individuals working as air raid wardens, first aid workers, firewatchers and messengers during the Second World War.

 

“They provide vivid details of the exploits and heroic deeds of civilians fighting a war away from the battlefields and highlight the sacrifices so often made on the home front.

“This collection of artwork, commissioned by Ancestry, pays tribute to the original War Artists Advisory Committee by adding new reflections on the experiences of many communities during that turbulent time in our history.”

Michael Snodgrass Ancestry Blitz Artwork 'Messenger'

Michael Snodgrass, Ancestry Blitz Artwork ‘Messenger’

Click here to view Ancestry’s online gallery of the new art collection

Explore our Second World War research guides here

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The National Archives welcomes Swedish School onsite at Kew? http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/the-national-archives-welcomes-swedish-school-onsite-at-kew%e2%80%af/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:00:54 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62882 We are delighted to announce the commencement of a new strategic collaboration with the?Swedish School?in?London?(SSL).?The National Archives has a long history of working with and supporting the educational sector, primarily through onsite school visits but also?via an extensive programme of online?teaching sessions and outreach work. In?line with this, we are now welcoming a new partner, […]

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We are delighted to announce the commencement of a new strategic collaboration with the?Swedish School?in?London?(SSL).?The National Archives has a long history of working with and supporting the educational sector, primarily through onsite school visits but also?via an extensive programme of online?teaching sessions and outreach work. In?line with this, we are now welcoming a new partner, the Swedish School, who will locate their Sixth?Form?on site from November.

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper at The National Archives, said:?’We?welcome the Swedish School to Kew and?look forward to working alongside them.?Both?The?National Archives and the Swedish?School?have?learning and the acquisition of knowledge at their core.

‘This dynamic, educational partnership will allow both parties to enhance our offer?to??students?and visitors. We see this as a positive step forward to creating?a?stimulating, learning environment for the future.’

Jenny Abrahamsson, Headteacher at the Swedish School in London, said:?‘We are delighted to embark on this strategic partnership with The National Archives in Kew, with the relocation of our Sixth Form to this significant British cultural institution. Months of discussion and collaboration in preparation for this move have highlighted just how closely aligned our values around education are, and we look forward to the long-term enrichment of both the Swedish School in London and The National Archives in this exciting new chapter for both.’

The SSL is a registered charity that provides?teaching of the Swedish curriculum to Swedish nationals, allowing them to spend time in a different cultural environment without?having to take time out from their education. The SSL is consistently rated “Outstanding”?by?Ofsted?and prides itself on offering high quality teaching to pupils of all ages. The Sixth?Form (comprising around 70 students and staff) is currently located?in Richmond but will move to The National Archives into space?not normally occupied by the public.

This collaboration will not?adversely?impact the?services?or activities we provide for our visitors, nor will it change our commitment to our statutory obligations under the Public Records Act 1958.?There will be no impact on staffing or activities.

It?is the result of a long piece of work by the Business Development team at The National Archives who have been?looking at commercial opportunities that will realise value and open out more of our?collection.?As well as supporting our education agenda, this also reinforces our already strong links with the local Richmond community.??We aim to create new, inclusive and exciting spaces, physical and virtual, in which people can encounter our collection?in?new ways.?Income?generated from the project will be reinvested in The National Archives to support our services to the public?and help?to widen the public experience and understanding of archives and our history.

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Tickets now available for Meet the Author series http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/tickets-now-available-for-meet-the-author-series/ Wed, 19 Aug 2020 08:48:34 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62840 This autumn, we will be launching Meet the Author, a brand new programme of free online talks with high-profile authors. From raising a queen to cracking the Enigma code, Cold War espionage to real life murder cases, the discussions will reflect the expansive collection held by The National Archives. Events will usually be chaired by […]

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This autumn, we will be launching Meet the Author, a brand new programme of free online talks with high-profile authors. From raising a queen to cracking the Enigma code, Cold War espionage to real life murder cases, the discussions will reflect the expansive collection held by The National Archives. Events will usually be chaired by a specialist historian and will be followed by a live Q&A, giving attendees the opportunity to join the conversation by submitting questions.

  • On 9 September, Dermot Turing will discuss his book The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park with Mark Dunton, Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives. The book retells the history of Bletchley Park and explores the work of its most famous alumnus Alan Turing, Dermot Turing’s Uncle.
  • On 16 September, Wendy Holden will talk about her book The Governess with Jessamy Carlson, Family and Local History Engagement Lead at The National Archives. Exploring the extraordinary experiences of Marion Crawford, who became governess to young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret in 1933, Wendy Holden’s new fiction is based on historical sources and first-hand accounts.
  • On 7 October, Trevor Barnes will be in conversation with MI5 historian Professor Christopher Andrew, talking about his new book Dead Doubles. The book explores the Portland Spy Ring, one of the most infamous espionage cases from the Cold War, and is heavily based on government documents at The National Archives.
  • On 18 November, Rebecca Gowers will discuss her book The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns with Katherine Howells, Visual Collections Researcher at The National Archives. The book uncovers the astonishing true story of the mysterious nineteenth-century figure and his murder at the hands of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a founding father of cinema.
  • On 23 November, Roger Dalrymple give a talk on his book Crippen: A Crime Sensation in Memory and Modernity. The book explores the case of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in London in November 1910 for the murder and mutilation of his wife. The talk will take place on the 110th anniversary of Crippen’s execution.

Talks will start at 7:30pm and last around 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. Once registered, attendees will have the opportunity to buy a signed book from The National Archives Shop.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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Newly accredited archive services announced http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/newly-accredited-archive-services-announced-3/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 08:40:24 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62617 The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Manchester Library was awarded Archive Service Accreditation for the first time at the latest panel meeting in July 2020. Archive Service Accreditation is awarded for a period of six years and at the same July panel, Unilever Archives and Records Management […]

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The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Manchester Library was awarded Archive Service Accreditation for the first time at the latest panel meeting in July 2020.

Archive Service Accreditation is awarded for a period of six years and at the same July panel, Unilever Archives and Records Management achieved accredited status for a second time following its first award in 2014.

By attaining accreditation, archive services demonstrate that they meet the UK standard for collections management and access to collections, showing resilience and the ability to manage changing circumstances successfully. This has been vital to granting awards during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which has presented exceptional challenges to archive services across the UK.

A full list of accredited archive services is available here.

Find out more about Archive Service Accreditation here and further information about Archive Service Accreditation and the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic here.

Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives, and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division.

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Disruption to web services http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/disruption-to-web-services/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:27:09 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62528 We are experiencing an on-going intermittent issue with our website. The issue impacts our online services and in particular our online catalogue, Discovery, as well as parts of our website. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

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We are experiencing an on-going intermittent issue with our website. The issue impacts our online services and in particular our online catalogue, Discovery, as well as parts of our website.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

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Seeking new delegates for our User Advisory Group http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/seeking-new-delegates-for-our-user-advisory-group/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:52:28 +0000 http://livelb.nationalarchives.gov.uk/?page_id=62480 Would you like to represent the views of archive users and help to improve The National Archives’ services? If you are a regular archive user then we would love to hear from you. We are seeking new voluntary representatives to join our User Advisory Group (UAG). The User Advisory Group aims to give people who […]

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Would you like to represent the views of archive users and help to improve The National Archives’ services? If you are a regular archive user then we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking new voluntary representatives to join our User Advisory Group (UAG). The User Advisory Group aims to give people who use our services the opportunity to participate in The National Archives’ planning and decision making processes.

Delegates represent ‘the voice’ of different sections of our user community, not only their own interests. As well as attending meetings, each delegate has a responsibility to engage with members of their user communities, to share information and gather feedback.

We would particularly like to hear from users who feel they could effectively represent one or more of the following user groups:

  • Academics – historians and those with links to one or more of the learned societies and who are involved in encouraging post-graduates to work with archival material
  • Map room users
  • Family history users – someone with an interest in family history societies and who is part of the network of family history societies

Representatives will also need to demonstrate that they have the qualities to actively participate in the group, including:

  • Willingness to express the views of their communities in the setting of a large meeting
  • Time to prepare for meetings, including reading papers and networking
  • Ability to see the ‘bigger picture’

Meetings are usually held four times a year at The National Archives in Kew, but are currently being held virtually by video conference. The meetings are usually scheduled on Tuesdays during working hours. Dates and times are published well in advance and delegates are expected to make every effort to attend.

Delegates may claim travel expenses. We ask prospective delegates to commit to a minimum term of one year’s service.

Find out more about the groups already represented, current delegates and how to submit an expression of interest via the UAG pages.

How to submit an expression of interest

If you would like to express interest in representing one of the groups listed above, please email us at the address below with the following information:

  • Indicate in the subject line of your email that it is an expression of interest
  • Indicate which sections(s) of the user community you would like to represent; if you list more than one, please rank them in order of preference
  • Check the list of the sections of the user community which are already represented; if you feel that there is a group that we have not listed, and that you would like to represent, please specify this
  • Tell us about your experience as an archive user and why you feel that you would be suitable as a delegate (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Give examples to show that you have the personal qualities required as a delegate of UAG (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Indicate your ideas and suggestions for how you would disseminate details of the group to the user community or communities that you would be representing, and how you would gather feedback (please write no more than 150 words)

Delegates will be selected based upon the information provided.

It is important to us that our organisation is more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We’re especially keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently underrepresented.

Please email your expression of interest to: UAGrecruitment@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 7?August 2020 at 17:00.

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