Find case studies below on collections management and development and care of archival collections.

Cataloguing collections and engaging communities

Archives and Records Council Wales: Geo-tagging the Archifau Cymru-Archives Wales Catalogue

A project to add geographical co-ordinates to archive collection descriptions in the Archives Wales Catalogue has opened up the collection to new audiences, in particular those interested in local history and tourists interested in the cultural history of Wales.

Hudd Music Hall Archive

The project was set up to investigate, catalogue and make accessible the Music Hall archives collected over a period of 50 years by writer, actor and comedian Roy Hudd.

The National Archives: Making the Military Tribunal Papers more accessible

This project aimed to make more accessible papers from the First World War Military Service Tribunals by digitising the records and making them searchable by name through Discovery, the online catalogue.  Volunteers helped prepare the papers for conservation work and eventual scanning.

Gloucestershire Archives: Fielding and Platt project

This ongoing project, funded by a Heritage Lottery Funded grant aimed to gather, preserve and share the heritage of Gloucester's engineering firm 'Fielding and Platt.' Developing new partnerships with local groups and commercial organisations was a key element to delivering this project.

Devon Heritage Services - The Right to Remain Silent

Funded by a National Cataloguing Grant, this cataloguing project sought to make more accessible the records of the Devon Quarter Sessions (1734-1804) and to generate public interest regarding the potential uses of this material.

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office: Creating the LGBT archive

This project resulted in a specific archive accession which represented the lives of the LGBT community in Plymouth through the collection of oral histories, papers, photographs and memorabilia.

Using technical tools

The Ballast Trust: Creating electronic finding aids using the Archivists' Toolkit

Find our how the Ballast Trust used the 'Archivists' Toolkit', an open source archival data management system to create electronic finding aids that can be uploaded into online catalogues.

Improving access

Unilever Records Management Service: Raising internal awareness of the service

This case study illustrates how engaging more closely with staff within the organisation can result in a greater transfer of records to the service.

Archives and Records Council Wales and Swansea University: Managing a range of stakeholders: surveying the holdings of steel archives across Wales

This case study shows how balancing different interests by using a variety of communication methods was essential to the successful delivery of this project.

West Yorkshire Archive Service: managing collections

Find out how West Yorkshire Archive Service manages its collections work across a multi-site service.

Surrey History Centre - Managing Collections

Find out how this archive service undertakes collections management, including collecting, appraisal and cataloguing.

Military Appeal Tribunal Project (PDF, 0.06Mb)

The National Records of Scotland ran a project carried out by volunteering undergraduate students from the Department of History, University of Edinburgh to digitise and catalogue records of the Lothian and Peebles Military Appeal Tribunal. The project aimed to make records more accessible to researchers through improved preservation and online access.

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