How do you make meaning when interacting with archives?

Participants needed for research on meaning‐making through archival interactions

We are conducting a study into how people make meaning when interacting with archives. We are interested in observing you as you carry out your regular activities in the archives. Activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Using Discovery to locate records
  • Photographing physical records
  • Reading, writing, and note‐taking
  • Downloading and manipulating digital data sets

We are interested in as broad a range of activities as possible, so please do get in touch if you would like to participate. The study will involve being observed by a researcher while you carry out your regular activities, followed by a short interview.

Participation will take 1 hour

In appreciation for your time, you will receive £10.

Am I eligible to take part?

If you use The National Archives (or any other archive) and are over the age of 18, you’re eligible to take part.

Where and when will the observation take place?

At The National Archives, on your choice of the following dates:

Thursday 24th October
Tuesday 5th November
Saturday 16th November
Thursday 21st November

How do I take part or request more information?

Contact Alex Leigh by emailing