We are leading and supporting collection development strategies for specific themes and formats of information across the archive sector. These have been identified as significant areas with gaps in collecting, gaps in cataloguing, gaps in access to collections, or issues of sustainability.
This work will help to ensure that key records of events, the lives and activities of individuals and communities, and of public, private and charitable organisations are:
- being kept
- being preserved efficiently and effectively
- made easily available and widely accessible
We work together with archivists, records creators and records managers, with archive services and repositories, and with professional bodies and relevant experts.
The collection and preservation of born-digital records and other specialist information formats will be part of many of these collection strategies, helping to tackle challenges including complex multimedia formats and risks to digital and digitised collections.
Collection development strategies
We are currently involved in:
- archiving the arts
- community archives
- audio visual archives
- charities and voluntary groups archives
- sports archives
- archives in museums
- hospital records
We have been recently involved in collection development strategies as follows:
- The Record: A collection strategy for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Cultural Olympiad
- Business archives
- Religious archives
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic performing arts
- Web archives
National Collections Strategy
The National Collections Strategy outlines the aims and principles of our approach.
National Collections Strategy (PDF, 0.08Mb)