Social Media

Participants and participating services in Explore Your Archive have experimented with social media extensively in the past seven years of the campaign. To date most campaign activity has been on Twitter, with daily hashtag themes during Launch Week as well as our overall #explorearchives link. There are plans to broaden Explore Your Archive’s social media presence across a range of social media platforms, so watch this space.

Explore Your Archive is a year-round campaign, so you can freely use #explorearchives to accompany any campaign, activity or event that you are planning at any time. If using Explore Your Archive resources can help you promote your service, collection or work in the UK and Ireland in any way, the branding is yours to use.

For 2018-19 campaign, we suggest the following Twitter hashtags:

#ExploreArchives – any and every day of the year, including (especially) in Launch Week. Use it to celebrate the richness and variety within archives – why they are relevant to our world today, what they can tell us and how they can entertain us. Share stories, gems and facts about your collection. You could also share pictures from your events and promote upcoming ones.

If you are organising activity during Launch Week (19-25 November 2018)

Saturday 17 November 2018 – #MusicArchives

Classical, rock, blues, country, folk, children’s, international – any music that is special to any community or group in your collection – ancient or modern. Do you have something unusual, something that might surprise a wider audience or challenge conventional wisdom?

Sunday 18 November 2018 – #ReligiousArchives

Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, or any other religion or form of spirituality – or secular identity. The values that come from religion – or in opposition to it – shape or values, public discourse and the diversity of our society.

Monday 19 November 2018 – #ArchiveAnniversaries

Does Launch Week coincide with the 50th, 75th or 100th (or older) anniversary of an important event, the birth/death of someone significant in your collection or community? Share your stories of unsung or under-sung heroes, heroines, pioneers, ground-breaking occurrences or maybe even the notorious. Or make it personal: a wedding anniversary, birthday or commemoration. Feel free to combine hashtags with other campaigns marking a major anniversary in 2018 or Launch Week.

Tuesday 20 November 2018 – #HairyArchives

In solidarity with the Movember campaign, which takes place every November, encouraging men to grow sponsored facial hair for the month to promote awareness of major men’s health issues. Tweet hair-related items and stories from your collections -maybe a classic photo – or take a serious approach and tweet material that promotes understanding of some of the campaign heath issues. Don’t forget to tweet @MovemberUK and @MovemberIreland to broaden your reach.

Wednesday 21 November 2018 – #MaritimeArchives

In the UK and Ireland, we are never more than a few dozen miles from the coast. The maritime world has shaped our societies and economies, imported and exported people, ideas and innovation, links to the wider world as well as our technological. Even inland areas of these islands have prominent rivers, canals and lakes – so feel free to stretch the metaphor!

Thursday 22 November 2018 – #DiversityArchives

The UK and Ireland have a history of cultural, class, religious, ethnic and other diversity. Often this has been accompanied by bad things: suspicion, exclusion and conflict. Often a singular event or person or action has built bridges or brought people together. Share something in your collection that explodes a myth, shows that the good old days weren’t always so (or maybe better than we realised at the time), challenges lazy conventional wisdom, exposes prejudice, shows how society has changed – or hasn’t. To show the dark side or look on the bright side? You choose.

Friday 23 November 2018 – #ArchiveAnimals

One of our annual favourites: share animal stories and pictures of animals you find in archive collections. It could be an unusual beast or domesticated companion. How about the wonderful work that we have depended on animals to do, eg sniffer dogs, police horses, etc.? Or how much we depend on wildlife for the quality of our lives and environment? As we mark the centenary of end of the First World War in 2018, how about one last shout for animals in wartime?

Saturday 24 November 2018 – #SportingArchives

Saturday’s always a big day in the sporting calendar for all kinds of sports. Did any notable sporting event take place on this date in the past? Do you have any material from a fixture that took place in the past (such as a local derby match) that is also taking place today? How about notable players in any sport, perhaps less-well-known than they should be? What about sports that were popular way back but have waned? Sport brings out the best, but also has been associated with violent rivalry or tragedy. We need to remember the bad as well as the good.

Sunday 25 November 2018 – #InternationalArchives

We all have international links these days, personal and organisational. But what about way back when? Anything in your collections on surprising international connections that might surprise or delight, shock or embarrass? Perhaps you work in a town with a ‘twin’ in another country, or in a company archive with a heritage in overseas trade, or in a voluntary organisation with a long history of international work?