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Find case studies below on engaging and developing audiences of archives.
Educating young people
This case study illustrates how strong advocacy for an archive service can facilitate the delivery of a project.
The project launched two long-term service objectives by commissioning a play based on local historical events for secondary school pupils and performing it in the search room. This improved engagement with local communities and schools.
The project tested whether it was possible to use archives as a learning medium for three to five year old children. Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office worked with Early Years providers to deliver a bank of resources based on mainly visual materials.
Treloar 100+ (PDF, 0.06Mb)
As part of 'Revisiting Collections', Hampshire Record Office invited students from Trealor College to look at college archives held at the record office and help enhnace the catalogue descriptions of the collection, using their own knowledge of the college.
Work with young offenders (PDF, 0.22Mb)
North Yorkshire County Record Office worked with HM Young Offenders Institution in Northallerton to educate young offenders and enable them to gain a formal qualification through their participation.
Stitch in Time - making an impact in Devon (PDF, 0.05Mb)
Devon Record Office took part in a 'Stitch in Time' project aimed at supporting teenagers in learning new activities, as well as new ideas for career progression.
Working with local communities
The People's Record: Hadleigh 2012 Virtual Archive (PDF, 0.07Mb)
Essex Record Office works with Hadleigh Community Archives to capture the community's response to hosting and Olympic 2012 event.
The People's Record: Olympic Memories (PDF, 0.07Mb)
Young people from Albanian and Bengali communities recorded community responses to the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, working with the three borough archive services.
The People's Record: Weymouth Voices (PDF, 0.08Mb)
A partnership between Dorset Archives, Friends of Weymouth Library and Friends of Weymouth Museum to create a digital contemporary record of how the 2012 Olympics has impacted upon the lives of people in Weymouth and Portland.
The project to catalogue and conserve the British Steel Collection has engaged the local community with the archives through a series of activities exploring the industrial and natural heritage of Teeside.
People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities (PDF, 0.05Mb)
A partnership between the Parliamentary Archives and Parliamentary Outreach devised an outreach programme working with five local archives, which aimed to encourage an understanding of how Parliament has affected the lives of people in the past.
Suffolk Record Office built capacity to help address a cataloguing backlog by creating new opportunities which would benefit volunteers to tackle this work.
Engaging cultural communities
As part of the project testimonies and transcripts were collected from women involved in the Black Women's Movement for deposit with the Black Cultural Archives.
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