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Collections development and care
Find case studies below on collections management and development and care of archival collections.
Cataloguing collections and engaging communities
Archives and Records Council Wales: Geo-tagging the Archifau Cymru-Archives Wales Catalogue
A project to add geographical co-ordinates to archive collection descriptions in the Archives Wales Catalogue has opened up the collection to new audiences, in particular those interested in local history and tourists interested in the cultural history of Wales.
This project resulted in a specific archive accession which represented the lives of the LGBT community in Plymouth through the collection of oral histories, papers, photographs and memorabilia.
Using technical tools
The Ballast Trust: Creating electronic finding aids using the Archivists' Toolkit
Find our how the Ballast Trust used the 'Archivists' Toolkit', an open source archival data management system to create electronic finding aids that can be uploaded into online catalogues.
This case study illustrates how engaging more closely with staff within the organisation can result in a greater transfer of records to the service.
This case study shows how balancing different interests by using a variety of communicaton methods was essential to the successful delivery of this project.
Find out how collections management is organised at West Yorkshire Archive Service across five local branches.
Living the Poor Life (PDF, 0.07Mb)
The National Archives engaged with volunteers across the country to produce detailed catalogue entries to Poor Law Records as part of this large scale cataloguing project, 'Living the Poor Life'.
Connecting Histories (PDF, 0.03Mb)
The Connecting Histories Project has made the diverse history of the West Midlands more accessible through cataloguing and digitisation, creating engagement opportunities with local communities as part of the process.
Military Appeal Tribunal Project (PDF, 0.06Mb)
The National Records of Scotland ran a project carried out by volunteering undergraduate students from the Department of History, University of Edinburgh to digitise and catalogue records of the Lothian and Peebles Military Appeal Tribunal. The project aimed to make records more accessible to researchers through improved preservation and online access.
The Herbert Read Collection (Church Architecture) (PDF, 0.08Mb)
Devon Record Office has ensured long term preservation and access to the Herbert Read collections through a combination of external grant funding and the work of NADFAS volunteers.
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