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 themes during Launch Week as well as our overall #ExploreYourArchive hashtag. There are plans to broaden Explore Your Archive’s social media presence across a range of social media platforms, so watch this space.
For our 2020 campaign, we are using the following themes:
#ExploreYourArchive – 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.
This year, we will also introduce a new theme every month to engage users, archivists, records managers, conservators, researchers, and lovers of archives of all kinds to share their experience.
To give our monthly themes an extra boost we have introduced #ExploreYourArchive day! The 10th of every month will be dedicated showcasing archives and records related to the current months theme. The more interaction the better – and don’t forget to use #ExploreYourArchive .
This months theme is TRAVEL. Use the collections across the UK and Ireland to visit places you’ve always wanted to see. Look at landmarks and how they’ve changed over time. Beach shots and ice -cream always welcome. We may be staying at home right now, but let’s use our collections to TRAVEL.
Our dedicated travel theme week may help provide some ideas of the types of travel records in your collections. Any space themed collections? Any Dr Who related records? Show us on the themed days listed below.
Don’t forget to highlight your travel related collections on Explore Your Archive Day!
What items have you unearthed in your collections this month?
The current Covid-19 situation is a worrying and stressful time for may of us as we navigate new working arrangements and archivists and record keepers are learning to work without access to their collections. Although we can’t access records in person, there are still plenty of chances to #ExploreYourArchive at home. Use the hashtag to show us your home working stations, digitial collections and innovative ways of working from home.
These campaigns are not limited to twitter. Use the themes and hashtags on any social media platform or blog and add some colour with the EYA brand toolkit. We’re always available to provide information or advice about using the #ExploreYourArchive resources so get in touch using the buttons at the bottom of the page.