Income generation

There are a number of ways archive services seek to generate income. These might be through their collections, expertise, or fixed assets such as buildings or equipment. As part of their business planning, archive services should consider carefully not just cost-recovery charging, but activities which generate revenue for investment back into core activities. With any commercial activity, archives should always be looking for non-monetary benefits alongside income - such as outreach, raised media or public profile, increased usage of the collection or improved preservation of original records through digitisation.

Engaging in Commissioning

This resource has been produced to provide practical guidance for archive services with an interest in engaging in commissioning. It aims to promote awareness in the archives sector of the commissioning process, the language and terminology, and to generate thinking around how archives might engage with other public services through commissioning, and so contribute to better outcomes for individuals and communities.  

Engaging in commissioning - a practical resource pack for archives (PDF, 0.50MB)

Self-assessment guide to engaging with commissioning (PDF, 0.34MB)

Measuring Outcomes for Archives

This resource was produced to provide guidance for all types of archive services, not just those in local authorities, on how to create a local outcomes framework. Creating a framework will help you measure and evidence the difference archives make and its contribution to local priorities.  It will also help you make the case for continued investment of public money, develop persuasive funding bids and engage with a wider range of stakeholders than you may currently work with.

Meauring Outcomes for Archives Resource (PDF, 0.71MB)

Collections

Many archive services seek to provide greater access to and awareness of their collections through licensing agreements. For further guidance see Licensing digital images to commercial publishers (below). 

Licensing digital images to commercial publishers (DOC, 1.05Mb)

Expertise

Some services provide paid research services. The National Archives has produced guidance on this option for organisations covered by Freedom of Information. See Guidance on Freedom of Information, publications scheme and paid research services (below).

Guidance on Freedom of Information, publications scheme and paid research services (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Related links

International Council on Archives

Case studies

Case study - Dorset Archives Content Online (PDF, 0.03Mb)

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