- Case studies
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- Berwick upon Tweed
- Essex Record Office
- Flintshire Record Office
- Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
- The National Archives: Caribbean Through a Lens
- Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
- Comic book conservator
- Chichester Festival Theatre Archive
- Angus Library and Archive
- Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
- University of the Arts London
- Collections development and care
- Digital preservation
- Online access
- Sustainable services
- Workforce development
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- Key sector statistics
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Find case studies below on engaging and developing audiences of archives.
The project aimed to introduce a new and diverse audience to the archives by demonstrating a fresh approach to using archival material. Local textile and mixed media artists were invited to study the Wittewronge family archive and produce a piece for an exhibition based on the record.
The Angus Library is running a new programme of outreach activities and events as part of its efforts to widen access to the collection. 'Archive taster sessions' offer students challenging and intriguing activities framed around historical individuals with a story to tell.
The Pass It On Project at Chichester Festival Theatre Archive is a three year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the project is to explore, collect and share the histore of Chichester Festival Theatre and create the Chichester Theatre archive.
Find out about one conservator's campaign to change the public perception of the role of conservation and to raise awareness of conservation and preservation among the general public.
Essex Record Office and the University of Essex have worked together to design a one day session for first year History undergraduates to challenge students' negative perceptions of a local archive and open up the possibility of using local sources in their studies.
This case study illustrates how strong advocacy for an archive service can facilitate the delivery of a project.
The project launched two long-term service objectives by commissioning a play based on local historical events for secondary school pupils and performing it in the search room. This improved engagement with local communities and schools.
The project tested whether it was possible to use archives as a learning medium for three to five year old children. Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office worked with Early Years providers to deliver a bank of resources based on mainly visual materials.
'Story Box' is a project run by Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Wiltshire Arts Development team to encourage artists to explore the archive with expert support from archivists, academics and researchers.
The project was designed to engage with new audiences nationally - in particular the Caribbean community, using The National Archives' collections of Caribbean images from Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Since 2013 the University's Archives and Special Collections Staff and Academic Support Staff have worked together to jointly develop and deliver a range of sessions, 'Researching skilfully through Archives'. These sesssions were for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, using items from museum and archive collections as a point of focus for enhancing student research skills in creative practice.