Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Archives promotion campaign

From Beryl Evans at the Federation of Family History Societies (

The National Archives and The Records and Archives Association (ARA) are thrilled to announce that we will be launching a new and exciting campaign this year, for the promotion of archives across the country.

The new campaign, a successor to the Archive Awareness Campaign (AAC), will increase public awareness of, and pride in, the work of the archive sector. It will raise the profile of national institutions, local authority record offices, universities, community and private archives. It will highlight the benefits archives bring to communities, the impact they can have on peoples’ lives and seek to encourage a wide range of people to connect with their local history and culture.

To support the delivery of the campaign, ARA has appointed Forster Communications to research and develop a creative concept to inspire everyone – those who already know, those who partly know, and those who know nothing about the essential and inspiring role of archives.

Forster is working with archivists, users and non-users to develop the ideas for the campaign. Forster will produce a creative framework and toolkit to make sure that those who work in archives of all kinds can easily take part in the campaign.

The National Archives and ARA will announce full details of the campaign and how you can get involved in spring 2013. The main thrust of the campaign will take place in the autumn with activities and promotion at a local and national level.

(With thanks to Beryl and to Angela Owusu of The National Archives)


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