A Year in Archives

A Year in Archives is an annual publication which brings together stories from organisations across the country to celebrate the exciting, creative work of archives. The case studies in A Year in Archives follow the important themes of trust, resilience, impact, digital, enrichment and openness, based on our sector vision, Archives Unlocked. The publication also features a poster that showcases a selection of the sector’s numerous other achievements in the past 12 months.

A Year in Archives 2019

‘In this 150th anniversary year of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a broad range of archive services across the United Kingdom as part of the #HMC150 tour. I have seen first-hand how hard archives are working to sustain services, preserve collections, and find different ways to engage new and existing audiences with their collections. This year’s case studies demonstrate the wealth and diversity of projects being delivered across the sector and are clear illustrations of how archives are embracing the ambitions of trust, enrichment and openness, which are at the heart of Archives Unlocked.’

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Historical Manuscripts Commissioner

‘2019 brought another busy year for the archives sector and The National Archives. We’ve built on the first two years of Archives Unlocked, the strategic vision for the sector, progressing priorities including digital capacity building and workforce development. We’ve launched new initiatives, too, such as our Collaborate and Innovate funding programme. We hope you find this latest edition of A Year in Archives as inspiring as we do, and we look forward to continuing to work together to build an ever more open, innovative and resilient sector.’

Emma Markiewicz, Head of Archives Sector Development

A Year in Archives 2018

A Year in Archives 2017