Accessions to Repositories 2014

Accessions to Repositories 2014 is now underway.

Every year we ask archive repositories in the UK which collect material from outside their own organisation to send us a comprehensive list of accessions of manuscripts and records they have taken in during the previous 12 months.

Why do we need this information?

The information provides a vital knowledge base for The National Archives' work with the wider sector, and allows us to trace the location of archives and manuscripts, as well as monitor the transfer of public records and manorial documents.

This is a great opportunity for repositories to showcase their new archive acquisitions. As well as being published on our website, we use the data to compile a number of thematic digests which are made available online, distributed to specialist repositories and published in academic and specialist journals.

Information gathered during this accessions survey will be used to update records and record creator information within Discovery and will continue to be published on our Accessions page. For more information about this, please visit our Discovery and Finding Archives project page.

Who takes part?

We invite repositories which are known to be actively collecting beyond their own institutional records. Invitations to participate in our 2014 survey will be sent out in January 2015, with a deadline of returning accessions data to us by Friday 20 March at the latest. A copy of our accessions template is available below, which can be used to submit accessions information.

Download our Accessions template

Find out more

Please consult our published guidance and FAQs below:

Accessions to Repositories guidance and FAQs (PDF, 0.15MB)

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