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04 July 2012

A collection of regional websites is being archived by The National Archives as part of a pilot project with local authorities.

Sharing expertise

We have worked with seven local archives, covering 20 local authorities, to share our expertise in archiving central government websites.

Each of these local archives chose three websites of particular local interest for permanent preservation in the UK Government Web Archive. Included are the websites of Nick Clegg, FC United of Manchester, Taylors of Harrogate and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, said: 'This project has enabled us to share our innovation and expertise beyond central government and to make a real difference by working alongside local authorities across the country to capture and preserve the digital history of their communities.'

Creating a service model for local authorities

With free support from The National Archives and the Internet Memory Foundation, staff from the local record offices received training in how to develop a curated web archive for their area.

The National Archives and the Internet Memory Foundation are now working with the wider archive sector to create guidance and service model options for local authorities.

To complement this pilot, The National Archives undertook an automated web crawl of all primary local authorities and NHS sites in 2011 to capture and gain greater understanding of the diversity of locally-held information. This is now available online.