Recording the Voluntary Sector, 5 June 2015
This half-day event formally launched the British Academy Research Project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’. Aimed at representatives of voluntary organisations, the event offered information and guidance on preserving and using archives through a mix of expert input and workshop sessions. As well as a welcome from Prof. Pat Thane, Fellow of the British Academy, we had opening remarks from Philip Gale of the National Archives and a keynote address from Jo Hobbs of Girlguiding UK. The event featured the following breakout sessions delivered by a range of experienced and expert speakers:
- Starting from scratch: Philip Gale, The National Archives
- Sources of Funding and Developing a Bid: Jo Reilly, Heritage Lottery Fund
a. Sue Hampson, Community Archives and Heritage Group
b. Rob Baker, Blind Veterans UK and Matthew McMurray, Royal Voluntary Service
- Depositing your Archive: Becky Webster, Newsam Archives, UCL Institute of Education
- Accessibility and Collaboration: Sarah Mills, University of Loughborough
- Digital Records and Sustainability: Rossitza Atanassova, The British Library
The event concluded with a wine reception. You can see pictures from the day here.
Under threat? Charity Archives in the 21st Century, 22 May 2014
Matthew McMurray, archivist at Royal Voluntary Service, and author of a new report on Charity Archives in the 21st Century, talked at UCL Institute of Education about his research. With ever growing pressure on Trustees to deliver their charity’s purpose in the most cost effective manner the archives of these organisations are in many cases marginalised, poorly resourced and even under the threat of disposal and destruction. Matthew’s research is based on one to one interviews with charity archivists, those who own charity archives and those who use and monitor them – to give a new and unique view on the challenges these collections face.
Launch of Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives, House of Lords, 15 October 2012
Tristram Hunt, historian and MP, helped launch the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives to an audience of charity chief executives, archivists and historians at the House of Lords on the 15th October 2012. The Campaign has grown out of concern for the neglect of archives and records across the voluntary sector. Unlike public records produced by government which will end up in the National Archives at Kew, there is little legal protection for charity archives. You can find out more about the launch and see photographs here.