What is an archive?

Archives are unique records which document the history of people, places and events. They are created in a range of formats, including parchment, paper, volumes, images, photographs, digital records, audio files, cassette tapes, and objects. Archives can be found in a range of organisations, including businesses, governments, councils, schools, universities, private collections and special collections held in museums and libraries.

Archive is also a word for the store rooms archives are kept in. These are generally temperature controlled rooms with specialist shelving to help ensure the long term preservation of the items being stored.

The video below tells you more about archives and where they are stored.

An archivist is an information professional who assesses, collects, organises, preserves, stores, and provides access to archives. Records managers are responsible for accurately, securely and effectively managing information received and produced by a wide range of organisations.