Explore Your Archive is a toolkit designed for archives of all kinds throughout the UK and Ireland, to help you create events and promote stories relevant to your collections and communities. The aim of the toolkit is to increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in our society, to celebrate our network of collections and emphasise the skill and professionalism of the sector.

Download the toolkit below to find everything you need to take part in Explore Your Archive:

Explore Your Archive toolkit (PDF, 7.82Mb)

What's included?

  • Brand guidelines
  • Key messages
  • Artwork to download - produced in different formats (please get in touch if you need help and advice on these)
  • Ideas for getting involved, whatever the level of resource you have at your disposal
  • Hints and tips for communications, including using social media and engaging with press

Start using the toolkit now

Take a look at the toolkit and start thinking about how you might take part. Let us know what you'll be doing by joining us in our community forum, Explore Your Archive, at community.nationalarchives.gov.uk. (You will need to register if you are not already a member of The National Archives' community)

When you are ready to develop your stories, you can download all the relevant materials below, including artwork and a template press release.

Explore Your Archive downloadable resources (ZIP, 14.48Mb)

*NEW* Posters, templates and social media tips (ZIP, 8.40Mb)

Button badges

Button badges have been produced for the Campaign and will be available free of charge to those taking part. If you would like to order either 50 or 100 badges, please email exploreyourarchive@nationalarchives.gov.uk with a note of what activities you are planning, whether you would like 50 or 100 badges (by all means ask for more if there's a strong reason) and what postal address you'd like them mailed to. We shall dispatch badges in mid October.

Activities in 2013

We would like to coordinate Explore Your Archive activities during the week commencing 16 November 2013, so we achieve maximum impact throughout the UK and Ireland. Please have a look at the timeline below to see how you can coordinate your events with other archives.

Explore Your Archive suggested timeline (XLS, 0.02Mb)

Contact us

For any enquiries about how to use the toolkit, or to find out more, please get in touch: exploreyourarchive@nationalarchives.gov.uk  

Activities in 2014

We are currently evaluating the impact of the campaign, and the look and feel it will take in 2014. Watch this space for updates.

In the meantime please continue to use the toolkit if it is useful and relevant to you, and let us know if you get any additional publicity.

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