The Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange (MAPLE) was set up in autumn 2007 to support organisations planning or managing large archive projects; primarily capital developments. Over 80 organisations are members of the group, including local authority, university, national and specialist archives.
This networking group, facilitated by The National Archives, provides a forum for organisations to share their experiences, knowledge and plans via an email list and through sharing documentation.

The group also meets three times a year to talk about progress of projects and explore common issues. Some recent discussion topics have included:

  • change management
  • sustainability
  • climate change
  • architect-client relationships 
  • partnership working 
  • logistics planning 
  • demonstrating wider impacts from capital investment

Meetings often provide an opportunity to visit completed capital projects. Recent meetings have taken place at:

If you are planning a large-scale project, or are willing to contribute your own experience of managing a capital project involving archive provision, then you may be interested in joining this group. When you visit their website you will have an option to register (bottom of page). Once registered you will receive an email asking you to verify your account. After verifying your account:

  • log in
  • search in the search box on the top of the page for MAPLE
  • click on the group name
  • this takes you to a page with an option to join the group - click on it to become a member

Alternatively to find out more, please contact the team at