Science and Technology Archives Group

The Science and Technology Archives Group (STAG) was formed in September 2016. It exists to celebrate and promote scientific archives in the broadest sense.

We want to engage with everyone who has an interest in the creation, collection, preservation and use of archives relating to science, technology, engineering and related disciplines. To this end STAG aims to create a network for all those who have an interest in archives of science, technology, engineering and related disciplines, to share knowledge and raise awareness of the value of such archives in all media and formats for research, education and public enjoyment.

STAG arose from an initiative, begun by The National Archives in 2014, to investigate how best to ensure the strategic well-being of the archives of modern and contemporary science and technology in Britain. Our discussions with archivists, historians of science, data managers and other interested parties, took in issues from the promotion of the scientific archives held at The National Archives to the relationship between historical archives and current research data-sets.

In the early 2016 The National Archives completed an options paper, with suggestions to improve access to and exploitation of existing sources, improve archival capture of contemporary scientific and technological records, and ensure long-term constituency infrastructure to ensure sustainability, together with some practical next steps to take these recommendations forward.

Full options paper (PDF, 0.84MB)
Executive Summary  (PDF, 0.15MB)

Following two successful consultative meetings held on 5 April and 29 June 2016, a steering committee was formed to establish and launch a specialist interest network – the Science and Technology Archives Group – to give focus and support to this area.

Notes of the meeting of 5 April (PDF, 0.32MB)
Notes of the meeting of 29 June (PDF, 0.23MB)

As a first step STAG has established a mailing list to which you are invited to subscribe

Steering committee

Anne Barrett, Archivist and Corporate Records Manager Imperial College; Chair of Trustees of the Centre for Scientific Archives

Rod Bowie, Geoscience Information and Records Manager, National Geoscience Data Centre, British Geological Survey

Geoff Browell, Head of Archives Services, King’s College London

Victoria Cranna, Archivist and Records Manager, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Rachel Foss, Head of Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts, British Library

Anne Locker, Archivist, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cambridge University Library

Tim Powell, Senior Adviser: Independent Archives, The National Archives

Jenny Shaw, ‎Special Collections Manager (Development and Stewardship), Wellcome Library

Jamie Stark, University Academic, Fellow in Medical Humanities, University of Leeds; British Society for the History of Science

Nick Wyatt, Head of Library and Archives, Science Museum

The Science and Technology Archives Group is committed to ongoing consultation and dialogue, in which your participation is welcome. If you would like more information, please contact Tim Powell.