Peer mentoring

My mentor has been amazing and incredibly supportive through what has turned out to be a very challenging time for both myself and the institution that I work for.

As part of Plugged In, Powered Up, The National Archives has developed a peer mentoring programme to help build relationships between confident digital practitioners and professionals who have limited experience of digital work. Mentors meet their mentees online once or twice a month over six months to support the development of a digital project.

The first cohort of peer mentors and mentees worked together from April to October 2020, followed by a second cohort from January to July 2021. A third cohort will support each other from January to July 2022.

I have had conversations I would not have had the confidence to have before.

Mentees have come from business archives, university archives, charities, museums and local authority archives and have received support with digital engagement activity, preservation and wider digital strategy, digital methods and approaches to digital access. Mentors have come from archives including The National Archives, National Records of Scotland, Cambridge University, Borthwick Institute of Archives, Gloucestershire Archives and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick.


Projects receiving support from mentors have included:

  • Developing a digital strategy and a digital advocacy programme to make the case for investment in preservation capacity
  • Researching and implementing software and workflows to improve access to digital materials
  • Implementing digital preservation procedures and tools from scratch
  • Support for digital engagement and storytelling using collections

Apply to the peer mentoring programme

We are currently welcoming applications to join the mentoring programme, both from prospective mentees and mentors. If you are interested in applying for support for your digital project, please complete this application form.

If you are interested in supporting a project as a mentor, please complete this short mentor expression of interest.

The deadline for both types of application is Friday 10 December 2021.

If you are interested in hearing more about the programme and the work of our digital mentees, sign up for the online event ‘The only way is up: mentoring for digital development‘, run by our Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE). This event will be livestreamed to YouTube on 7 December 2021.