The Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange (MAPLE) was set up in autumn 2007 to support organisations planning or managing large archive projects; primarily capital developments. Over 80 organisations are members of the group, including local authority, university, national and specialist archives.
This networking group, facilitated by The National Archives, provides a forum for organisations to share their experiences, knowledge and plans via an email list and through sharing documentation.

The group also meets three times a year to talk about progress of projects and explore common issues. Some recent discussion topics have included:

  • change management
  • sustainability
  • climate change
  • architect-client relationships 
  • partnership working 
  • logistics planning 
  • demonstrating wider impacts from capital investment

Meetings often provide an opportunity to visit completed capital projects. Recent meetings have taken place at:

If you are planning a large-scale project, or are willing to contribute your own experience of managing a capital project involving archive provision, then you may be interested in this group. To join the group or find out more, please contact the Head of Engagement.