ArchI’ve Celebrated

Celebrating archives and the collections held in them is a main focus of Explore Your Archive.

Anyone can take part in the campaign 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 dedicated Focus Week for the campaign, during which we aim to hold a launch event in each of the four ARA ‘Nations’ – 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 runs throughout the week and all record keeping organisations are encouraged to get involved in some way.

In 2022, Focus Week will run from – 28th November – 6th December

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.

Just as the social media campaign runs throughout the year, you can post events, webinars or exhibitions at any time. All events relating to archives and records are welcome. You can also find information about archive events in your area by clicking the links below,

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Archives Wales

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Digital Repository of Ireland


Under the Spotlight

Spotlight is an online exhibition place where archives, records managers or conservators can use the Explore Your Archive platforms to promote and focus on any aspect of their work or collections they’d like. Any service can provide content which will then be published on the exhibition pages for the world to see.

Our first spotlight is being shone on Pembrokeshire Archives, who have focused on how their records can be used to carry out both genealogical and house research. The examples used provide an exciting glimpse into just some of the stories that can be found by delving into the archive. Read on and be inspired to carry out your own research project. Let us know what you find!

If you would like to put your service in the spotlight use the form below to get in touch. We can’t wait to help tell your story.

Let’s get celebrating!