Explore Archives with the Archives and Records Association
Explore Your Archive is an Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) tool for public and private organisations across the UK and Ireland to showcase the hidden gems stored in their collections. The campaign provides a range of resources to help you learn more about archives and help archivists share the collections they care for.
The following pages contain information about what archives are, why they are important and how you can get involved in advocating and caring for collections. Click the link below to find out more about what archives are and to see examples of records held in archives stores across the UK and Ireland.
For this month’s ‘In Focus’ blog, Sarah Roberts from North East Wales Archives joins us to highlight their Women Rediscovered project. Explore Your Archive was always going to be different in 2020 and once our staff at North East Wales Archives realised that there would be no “usual” events to plan we started to think …
The Explore Your Archive campaign theme for February is nature. For our first blog post related to the monthly themes of the 2021 Explore Your Archive campaign, Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist of the Sir Charles Lyell Collection at the University of Edinburgh discusses the importance of his work on the study of climate change. The …
For this month’s ‘In Focus’ blog, Heidi McIntosh of Wolverhampton City Archives joins us to introduce the Apna Heritage Archive. Working from home during lockdown has meant staff of Wolverhampton City Archives have been working away from the physical archival material. On the plus side, this has forced us to work more on our digital …
The toolkit below contains a wide range of campaign artwork, poster and press release templates to be used by anyone who wants to take part in the campaign. There’s no limit to what you can do. Click the toolkit download button to see more.
For any enquiries about how to use the toolkit, or to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore Your Archive is a campaign that anyone can take part in at any time. Use the branding to promote events run by your organisation or run your own specific Explore event to raise awareness of your collections.
Each year there is a main Launch Week for the campaign and we aim to hold a launch event in each of the four ARA ‘Nations’ in that week – in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (the ARA has an Ireland region that covers the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). A social media campaign is also run across the week and all record keeping organisations are encouraged to get involved in some way.
In 2020, the launch week will run from 21 – 29 November
Search the lists below to find an event in your area. Can’t see one? Create one! Use the Submit your event button below to tell us what’s happening in your area. Remember to use the toolkit to promote your event.
The varied content and format of archives makes them the perfect learning resource for a wide range of subjects. Archives are are being used in schools and community learning groups across the UK and Ireland to teach a range of subjects including History, English, Drama, Geography, Science and more.
Before using archives, as a learning resource, it is important that students understand what archives are, why they are important and why they are kept. The video below gives a short introduction to archives which is suitable for all ages and can be used as part of any lesson plan involving archives. The information provided on the What is an Archive page of this website may also be of use.
If you would like a copy of the video to use offline, please email email@example.com
The videos below add more detail about particular archives. if you would like to see your archive featured here send us an email.
If you are new to using archives as an educational aid, click the inspiration pack link below to download a range of ideas for using the collections held in your local archives. Use the links below to find an archive near you!
The resources below have been developed for those who want to use archives for document analysis projects in schools or community groups. The sheets are completely generic to allow them to be used in conjunction with any archive collection. They have been split by year group and document type and teachers notes are provided for ease of use.
These resources can be used by teachers or archivists working with school groups. Click the links below to download the relevant resources.
Further resources and help guides will be added over the coming months. If you have a particular guide or resource you’d like to see included then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you re unable to access the resources via the website, please send us an email and we will provide in another form.