Information and resources

Explore Your Archive is a campaign designed for archives of all kinds throughout the UK and Ireland. This year the main launch week will run from 17 to 25 November 2018.

In this section you will find a downloadable toolkit as well as tips to help you create events and promote stories relevant to your collections and communities. The aim of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in our society, to celebrate our network of collections and emphasise the skills and professionalism of the sector.

The Explore Your Archive campaign, which is coordinated by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), is now in its fifth year.

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.