In a Spin, guidance for archives

08 August 2014

Today, The National Archives launches new guidance designed to help the archive sector make informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections.

In recent years, the trend for heritage, library and archive services to convert to charitable trusts, social enterprises, mutual, local authority trading companies or a transfer to community management has increased. This conversion is commonly known as 'spinning out'.

The Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, said: 'Our country's archives are one of our greatest national treasures, preserving our history for future generations and underpinning our national identity. It is vitally important they are properly preserved for the future. This guidance forms part of The National Archives' continuing work with local government, business and private sector partners to make sure our heritage stays in safe hands.'

Supporting archive services

In a spin: guidance on spinning out local authority archive services, has been developed to support local authority archive services and their managers and funders in making informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections. It outlines different models for service spin-outs and their implications for archive services. It also highlights key regulatory considerations and alternative options. The guidance stresses the importance of considering what is best for individual archives and includes case studies of spin-outs that are in the process of being launched. 

We will update the guidance regularly, drawing on the experiences of authorities setting up new spin-outs and of the spin-outs themselves. In addition, The National Archives will deliver 'Spin Out' master classes for archive services this autumn.

'In a spin' (PDF, 1.38Mb)

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