The National Archives’ blog includes posts about anything and everything archives related, with regular contributions from the archives sector team. Recent blogs have focused on the Vision, our Transforming Archives Trainees and Accessions. Read about these and the latest blog posts from the archives sector.

There is a lot of blogging going on within and about archives. Here are just some that we have come across relating to archives, projects, ideas and reflections:


These blogs are centered around projects happening within the archives sector. Find out about how they are progressing and lessons learnt along the way.

Including the Excluded is a project supported by funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, to catalogue the papers of The Children’s Union, an innovative fundraising initiative that ran from 1889 until 1979, and gave children the chance to support individual beds for disabled children in The Children’s Society’s care homes. Its remit gradually extended to contributing toward the funding of specialist disabled children’s homes and hospitals nationwide.

rcogheritage highlights some of the projects carried out on the heritage collections held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, working with the fascinating collection of archive, library and museum material and including the heritage collection of the Royal College of Midwives.

The Skills for the Future Team are seven people from different walks of life who have come together to work as trainees on the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Skills for the Future programme. They are the second group of trainees on the programme in Scotland, they’re using this blog to update about their experiences with the host organisation – the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

Futurearch is a major project at the Bodleian Library, funded by Andrew W Mellon Foundation to transform the capacity for working with born-digital and hybrid archives.

Untold Lives: sharing stories from the past: documents the British Library’s collections that contain stories of people’s lives worldwide, from the dawn of history to the present day. They are told through the written word, images, audio-visual and digital materials. The Untold Lives blog shares those stories, providing fascinating and unusual insights into the past and bringing out from the shadows lives that have been overlooked or forgotten.

Ideas and reflections

These blogs reflect ideas and reflections prominent within the archives sector.

Archivesnext discusses budget cuts in archive funding in Canada.

thecardigancontinuum an archives and records management reading group.

Archives, institutions and groups

Blogs reflecting the work of archives, institutions and groups. Learn about their latest projects and hidden treasures within their collections.

Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies The Time Machine.

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive is one of the most important special collections held by Islington Local History Centre.

University of Stirling Archives is providing information on the range of activities and events relating to the University’s collections.

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is about all the news and activities taking place in the history centre.

The Lothian Lives features records and stories taken from the City of Edinburgh, East, Mid and West Lothian Archives. You will find examples of some of the kinds of records you are likely to find at your local Council Archive.

Derbyshire Record Office is bringing the archive’s services closer to the users, and act as a two-way forum for information on the archives held and what you find in them.

Kew’s Library Art and Archives has information about Kew’s collections, services and fascinating work which is taking place within.  Meet the Library, Art and Archive staff who will provide updates with news from their projects. treasures discovered and exciting new developments planned.

Denbighshire archives share news of what is happening in the archive.

Worcestershire Archives on the Move follows Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service on its journey to an exciting new home at The Hive, in the heart of Worcester and learn more about what it takes to move 12 miles of archival material!

Society for Dance Research offers information about events and publications covering a broad range of dance forms and dance related issues.

Catholic Heritage is a network that is forging partnerships between diocesan archives, Bishops’ Conferences’, seminaries, and religious orders in order to provide a single access point to an online collection of archives databases of value to students and researchers across the world.

Museum Librarian and Archivists group is a network of archivists and librarians working in museums and galleries throughout the UK

GLAM‘s blog is about the work of the Group for Literary Archives & Manuscripts.

Quaker Strongrooms is updated fortnightly and includes posts on new accessions and preservation work, as well as highlights from the Society of Friends (Quakers) archives, manuscript and printed collections.

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