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There is a lot of blogging going on within and about archives. Here are just some that we have come across relating to archives, projects, ideas and reflections:


The Bealey Project is a National Cataloguing Grant project based at Bury Archives to catalogue the papers of the Bealey family and their company The Bealey Bleach and Chemical Works based in Radcliffe.

A year in Archives – Annual Intern blogs charting the experiences of the intern’s role  working with the Archive and Special Collections Service at the University College Falmouth and University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus.

Including the Excluded is a  project  supported by funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, to catalogue the papers of The Children’s Union, an innovative fundraising initiative that ran from 1889 until 1979, and gave children the chance to support individual beds for disabled children in The Children’s Society’s care homes. Its remit gradually extended to contributing toward the funding of specialist disabled children’s homes and hospitals nationwide.

The Infinite Uses of Glass: Chance Brother is a record of the progress made cataloguing the archive collection of Britain’s premier glass manufacturer at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service.

Mary Hamilton Papers comprises 16 autograph diaries, six manuscript volumes and upwards of 3,000 pages of notes and letters. Mary Hamilton (1756-1816) was a courtier and diarist. She was a friend of many of the prominent Bas Bleu (the bluestocking circle) and literary figures such as Mary Delaney, Elizabeth Montagu and Fanny Burney. She corresponded with court figures such as Queen Charlotte, the Princesses and the Royal Governess Lady Charlotte Finch. This blog documents the cataloguing process.

National Union of Women Teachers  is a blog of the project to catalogue the papers of the National Union of Women Teachers at the Archive of the Institute of Education, University of London.

Gunton Archive Project is a National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives based in Norfolk Record Office to catalogue and help preserve the Harbord of Gunton Family and Estate Papers.

The PaxCat Project is run by Special Collections at the University of Bradford working to raise funds to catalogue the Commonweal Archives to bring them to the wider audience.

rcogheritage highlights some of the projects carried out on the heritage collections held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, working with the fascinating collection of archive, library and museum material and including the heritage collection of the Royal College of Midwives.

The Skills for the Future Team are seven people from different walks of life who have come together to work as trainees on the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Skills for the Future programme. They are the second group of trainees on the programme in Scotland, they’re using this blog to update about their experiences with the host organisation – the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

Sunderland shipbuilding shares new discoveries found in the a vast quantity of material rescued by archivists during the shipyard closures in the 1980s. This material was kept in boxes for more than 20 years in Tyne and Wear Archive.

Taking Account of our Past reports on cataloguing the Smith, Son and Wilkie chartered accountants collection, a chartered accountancy firm which was based in Wolverhampton.

Wales Powering the World: Welsh Industry through Archives is a blog looking at Welsh Industry through Archives project. The project aims to catalogue and improve access to the outstanding uncatalogued business collections held in Welsh archive repositories.

Futurearch is a major project at the Bodleian Library, funded by Andrew W Mellon Foundation to transform the capacity for working with born-digital and hybrid archives.

Untold Lives: sharing stories from the past: documents the British Library’s collections that contain stories of people’s lives worldwide, from the dawn of history to the present day. They are told through the written word, images, audio-visual and digital materials. The Untold Lives blog shares those stories, providing fascinating and unusual insights into the past and bringing out from the shadows lives that have been overlooked or forgotten.

Ideas and reflections

The girlinthearchive is for those who want to find out more about digital preservation and audio-visual conservation.

Archivesnext discusses budget cuts in archive funding in Canada.

thecardigancontinuum an archives and records management reading group.

Archives, institutions and groups

The Voluntary Action History Society’s blog  discusses the Kaiserwerth Deaconesses and others in Europe in the light of their provision of care for the poor in the 19th century. This may be of interest to Religious Archives Group list members.

Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies The Time Machine.

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive is one of the most important special collections held by Islington Local History Centre. In 2010, the centre was awarded almost £33,000 by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives to fund new work to catalogue and preserve this material. This blog informs readers about the work to catalogue and preserve this exciting collection, as well as highlighting interesting material  discovered and the people, buildings and events that feature in the lively history of Sadler’s Wells.

University of Stirling Archives is providing information on the range of activities and events relating to the University’s collections.

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is about all the news and activities taking place in the history centre.

100 Objects gives information about the Bradford University’s special collections.

The Lothian Lives features records and stories taken from the City of Edinburgh, East, Mid and West Lothian Archives. You will find examples of some of the kinds of records you are likely to find at your local Council Archive.

Derbyshire Record Office is bringing the archive’s services closer to the users, and act as a two-way forum for information on the archives held and what you find in them.

Kew’s Library Art and Archives has information about Kew’s collections, services and fascinating work which is taking place within the section and also meet the Library, Art and Archive staff who will provide regular updates with news from projects they are involved in, treasures they have discovered and exciting new developments planned for the future

Denbighshire archives share news of what is happening in the archive.

Worcestershire Archives on the Move follows Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service on its journey to an exciting new home at The Hive, in the heart of Worcester and learn more about what it takes to move 12 miles of archival material!

Society for Dance Research offers information about events and publications covering a broad range of dance forms and dance related issues.

Catholic Heritage is a network that is forging partnerships between diocesan archives, Bishops’ Conferences’, seminaries, and religious orders in order to provide a single access point to an online collection of archives databases of value to students and researchers across the world.

Health archives & records group is promoting networking, collaborating and sharing of information between those responsible for health records and archives.

Museum Librarian and Archivists group is a network of archivists and librarians working in museums and galleries throughout the UK

GLAM is the Group for Literary Archives & Manuscripts.

Quaker Strongrooms is updated fortnightly and includes posts on new accessions and preservation work, as well as highlights from the Society of Friends (Quakers) archives, manuscript and printed collections.

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