Explore Your Archives 2017

Explore Your Archive is an annual campaign which aims to open up and showcase archive collections. It is jointly coordinated by The National Archives (UK) and the Archives & Records Association for UK and Ireland, and from 18th - 26th November this year, archives of all kinds across the nation will be taking part in the … Continue reading Explore Your Archives 2017


Learning from Each Other – A Peer Pals Joint Article — Off the Record

Having experienced the Archives and Records Association's Peer Pals scheme earlier on this year, my mentor Sian and I were asked to write a short piece for the Section for New Professionals' blog, Off the Record, and here it is! Peer Pals is the Section for New Professionals’ mentoring programme. We match those at the … Continue reading Learning from Each Other – A Peer Pals Joint Article — Off the Record

#ArchivesAtNight with The National Archives: The Sixties

  On Friday evening, my family and I went to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew for their sold out sixties themed Archives At Night event. "A decade that defined a generation, the sixties in Britain brought us everything from Beatlemania to miniskirts. Yet it was also a time of acute political unrest that saw … Continue reading #ArchivesAtNight with The National Archives: The Sixties

Implementing Skills Learned on my MA: Writing an Action Plan

So I've been in my new role as the Assistant Archivist for a business archive for six weeks now. It's challenging, it's interesting, and I am learning so much in the process. If you're a regular visitor to Learning About Archives, you might remember my post The Second Graded Piece of Coursework, where I talked … Continue reading Implementing Skills Learned on my MA: Writing an Action Plan

Manage Your Collections – Contributing to Discovery

The National Archives – guerrilla cataloguing days and contributing to Discovery.

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The National Archives are currently working to enable any archive within the United Kingdom to contribute catalogue descriptions to Discovery, our online catalogue, where they can be found and used by researchers globally.

To do this we have built a tool named Manage Your Collections that archives can upload their catalogues into. We work in an agile culture here, which means we adjust to evolving requirements as the project progresses, rather than sticking rigidly to preliminary scoping. This has been very useful for this project because what we originally believed we could and should develop would not have served the sector in the way we want the tool to.

Pic 1 Agile working at The National Archives

A large number of archives do not use cataloguing software or have an online catalogue. To help these archives get their catalogue descriptions online, the tool allows archives to upload Excel spreadsheets of catalogue…

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April Goals & Life Update

April is a really exciting month for me - I'm moving to London (today!), and my new Assistant Archivist role becomes full-time on Monday! My goals for this month are all about finding my feet, settling in and getting used to the area I'll be living in, organising the new professional me into my new London routine, … Continue reading April Goals & Life Update

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Teams of Our Lady

For those who don't already know, I am solely responsible for the creation of the Teams of Our Lady Transatlantic Super-Regional Archive, a digital archive, comprised of documents and images collated over the last 20+ years. (For information about Teams of Our Lady, please visit either the GB website, or the Transatlantic Super-Regional website). The … Continue reading Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Teams of Our Lady