The Higher Education Archive Programme

The Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) is part of The National Archives’ continuing programme of engagement and sector support with particular archival constituencies. Research underpins the programme (including a series of research papers), building on a foundation of engagement and mapping work. It is a mixture of strategic and practical work encompassing activity across The National Archives and the wider sector, including guidance and training, pilot projects and advocacy.

One strand of the programme involves facilitating the popular network meetings which cover a wide range of topics and are open to all those working in university archives, libraries and special collections.

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Research resilience event

History UK and HEAP are teaming up to explore how archivists and historians have adapted their research projects and ways of working as a result of closures and restrictions on access. We are currently inviting expressions of interest in contributing case studies and more general reflections. The event will be held on 21 April 2021.

Action plan and steering group

The action plan for the programme was designed in consultation with a steering group involving participants from across the Higher Education sector.

Research and reports

Read the latest guidance such as the citation capture report and the guide to collaboration between the HE and archive sectors.

Advocacy toolkit for higher education archives

The Higher Education Archive Programme (HEAP) commissioned consultant Kevin Bolton to develop this toolkit to support HEAP members who are planning or undertaking advocacy work.