Information and resources

Explore Your Archive is a campaign that showcases the best of archives and archive services in the UK and Ireland. The campaign is owned by the sector itself and given light-touch oversight by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), which owns the official English-language branding (there is also branding in Irish and Scottish Gaelic and in Welsh).

By providing a range of marketing and information templates and materials, the campaign aims to help professionals, volunteers, interns and students celebrate the unique potential of archives – in the public, private, education and voluntary sectors – to excite the wider public, bring communities together and tell amazing stories.

There is no campaign ‘theme’ and there is no set date, though there is an annual launch week (17-25 November in 2018). Any archive in the UK and Ireland can take part and freely use the material on this site.

Sector professionals and organisations can find more information and resources here:

Information and resources

For social media options in launch week 2018, please click here:

Start using the toolkit now

Take a look at the toolkit and start thinking about how you might take part. The toolkit can be used for any event you are planning, but is particularly useful ahead of the annual launch week. When you are ready to develop your stories, you can download all the relevant materials below, including artwork and a template press release.

Download the resources below to find everything you need to take part in Explore Your Archive:

Event Form (XLS, 0.03MB)

Get Involved (PDF, 0.08MB)

Getting Heard (PDF, 0.16MB)

Brand Guidelines (PDF, 2.0MB)

Story Boxes (PDF, 0.10MB)

Explore Your Archive downloadable resources(ZIP, 183MB)

Posters, templates and social media tips(ZIP, 8.40MB)

Archi’ve Explored poster PowerPoint template(ZIP, 1.61MB)


We have undertaken an evaluation of last year’s campaign.

Explore Your Archives 2014 Evaluation(PDF, 0.35MB)

Explore Your Archives 2015 Evaluation (PDF, 0.59MB)

Explore Your Archives 2016 Evaluation (PDF, 0.59 MB)

Contact us

For any enquiries about how to use the toolkit, or to find out more, please email us.