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Find case studies below on engaging and developing audiences of archives.
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.
Work with young offenders (PDF, 0.22Mb)
North Yorkshire County Record Office worked with HM Young Offenders Institution in Northallerton to educate young offenders and enable them to gain a formal qualification through their participation.
'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.
The project to catalogue and conserve the British Steel Collection has engaged the local community with the archives through a series of activities exploring the industrial and natural heritage of Teeside.
Suffolk Record Office built capacity to help address a cataloguing backlog by creating new opportunities which would benefit volunteers to tackle this work.
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