Managing your collection

In this section we provide information on how to manage, care for and develop records and collections so that they are accessible and relevant to current and future researchers.

While archives are often associated with parchment and paper, as organisational records change, more emphasis will be on digital preservation. This highlights the ongoing importance of the relationship between archives and records managers.

The guidance here - an introduction to archives for non archivists - is a useful starting point, introducing storage and preservation, and cataloguing.

Caring for archives

At its most basic, looking after archives is about ensuring they are safe and protected from extreme temperatures and humidity, wherever and whatever they are.

Collections strategies

We are leading and supporting collection development strategies for specific themes and formats of information across the archive sector.

Managing records

The records management process helps to ensure that historically significant records, including electronic records, are smoothly transferred to archives for permanent preservation.

Cultural property

Archives have value to nations and regions, organisations, communities and individuals.


The Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance.