The first of April was no April Fool for the archive and record keeping sector as ARA Scotlands’ #Archive30 campaign commenced across twitter and other social media platforms.
ARA Scotland is one of the national and regional groups of the Archive and Records Association. They hold a range of training events across the year and are also responsible for the Scotland based Explore Your Archive launch event held in November each year. They also run a series of social media campaigns each year for Scottish archives to contribute to and #Archive30 is one campaign that anyone from anywhere in the world can join in.
#Archive30 launched last year and has quickly become a main event in the social media calendar of archives and other record stores worldwide. #Archive30 involves posting an image relating to a daily theme for the whole month of April.
The campaign gives those involved in the record keeping sector the chance to show the world where they work, who they work with and what they work with. Many of the gems stored in archives will never be used in exhibitions or published work so this is a great way to showcase some of the hidden treasures archivists work with every day but very few people get to see. Many archivists are also using the themes to tell stories of their day to day work and how some of the records came into the collection. #Archive30 has trended on twitter every day since the launch so there’s no denying the popularity of archives worldwide.
The Explore Your Archive campaign launched its own set of monthly hashtags for the sector to engage with and we used #Archive30 as the April hashtag to raise the profile of the campaign and give even more archives the chance to join in. For a full list of our monthly hashtags, see our social media page.
To get involved use #Archive30 and the relevant daily hashtag (image above) on any social media platform. For more information, search @ARAScot on twitter
Remember that the vast majority of archives across the UK and Ireland are open to the public and you can go and see many of the items online in person. Most archives will have contact details online for you to make an appointment.
We look forward to seeing more archive secrets and stories over the month of April.