With many different types, which store a vast array of material, archives are a great place to learn!

But, what is an archive? Which one is the right one to visit? How best to analyse an archive collection? On this page you will find resources to help guide you and maximise the learning experience.

Archive User Guides

Helpful advice for researchers on how to find your way around archives!

Click the buttons below to download these helpful guides:

A beginner’s guide of how to prepare for a visit to an archive.

An overview of The National Archives, National Records of Scotland, National Library of Wales, and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

A place to start when planning to visit collections held in University Archives and Special Collections to carry out research.

Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or a complete novice, our resource guides are designed to provide step-by-step guidance, making it easy for you to unlock the wealth of information and inspiration contained within archives.

From the national archives of the UK and Ireland to gallery, charity, and newspaper archives, we will be curating a diverse range of guides to suit your interests. Each guide offers insights and practical tips to help you make the most of your archival exploration.

We understand that starting your archival journey can be overwhelming, but our guides will walk you through the fundamentals.

Educational Resources

Ideas for educators to get the most out of archive collections!

Using Archives for Document Analysis

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.

Click the links below to download the relevant resources.

Professional Resources

Digital Preservation

For anyone interested in the world of digital preservation, the resources provided by the Digital Preservation Coalition are the best place to start. Their free to access handbook provides a step-by-step guide, with demonstrations of free to access digital preservation tools.

In due course, further resources and help guides will be added. If you have a particular guide or resource you’d like to see included then contact us below. If you are unable to access the resources via the website, please contact us.


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