Archiving the Arts

31 July 2013

A new initiative to gather knowledge of arts archives across the UK launches today.

Archiving the arts will ensure artistic records and arts archives are recognised as an important and valuable part of our cultural heritage. The initiative will promote access, build partnerships and share learning to help the arts sector to both look after these records and also gain real benefit from looking after and providing access to artistic archives.

Survey of collections

To achieve this ambitious aim, The National Archives will be working with archives, arts organisations and arts practitioners to discover what records they hold and how they are currently used. Key stakeholders such as academics, strategic bodies and funding organisations will also be invited to share their views on the value of arts archives.

Archiving the arts will:

  • build knowledge of arts collections and make this information more accessible 
  • help archives to access funding and grants
  • support arts archives in developing their collections 
  • showcase innovations and examples of good practice
  • help broker partnerships across the arts, cultural heritage and archives sectors 
  • build on strategic relationships to the benefit of our artistic and archival communities

You can find out more about developments for Archiving the arts, or contact us to take part or request further information via:

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