Find case studies below on how collections have been made more accessible by putting records online.

Managing digital continuity

'Digital History for a Digital Future'

East Riding Archives & Local Studies Service aimed to convert analogue audiovisual material to an appropriate digital file format on suitable storage media and establish processes for its long-term preservation, management and acquisition.

Creating a single point of access

Genesis: the portal for women's studies

Find out how the future development of Genesis online portal, mapping sources for women's history across archives and Libraries, was secured by the Women's Library.

Hull History Centre Online Catalogue

The relocation of Hull City Archives, Hull Local Studies Library and Hull University Archives led to the merging of three separate catalogues and the development of a single point of access.

Developing online services

Archives for London Ltd: Winning Endeavours: sources for 20th century international sporting heroes

This partnership project between Archives for London, the British Library and London Metropolitan Archives created a website of London's Olympic history with images sourced from 25 individual archive repositories in London and the South East of England.

Bank of England: Developing an online catalogue

Responding to increased user demand, the Bank of England made their electronic catalogue available online.

British Postal Museum: Developing online services

Limited capacity for an onsite service means the British Postal Museum and Archive aims to maximise online delivery, developing an online presence aimed at both generalised and specialised audiences.

Irish Traditional Music Archive: Providing online access to onsite collections

Since its establishment in 1987 the Irish Traditional Music Archive has used digital technology to manage, provide and promote its collections. It is now providing an online service to users around the world.

The Archive of G King and Sons Ltd (Lead Glaziers, 1927-2003), Norfolk Record Office

A grant funded project to catalogue the Archive of G King and Sons at Norfolk Record Office brought benefits to the archive service far beyond a new online catalogue, including securing further grants and the deposit of significant business records.

Peterborough Archives Service and Eastern Angles Theatre Company 'Forty Years on'

Led by Peterborough Archives Service and the Eastern Angles Theatre Company, the Forty Years on Project explored the development of Peterborough 1968 to 2008. The first stage of the project was planned to include the cataloguing of the records of the Peterborough Development Corporation by volunteers, and aimed to reduce the overall backlog of cataloguing records.  

Joining up our Heritage (PDF, 0.06Mb)

This project by West Sussex Record Office sought to record locations of all tithe maps and apportionments from all over the county in an online database with the help of volunteers.

Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP) (PDF, 0.03Mb)

This was a partnership project between Kingston University's Centre for Local History Studies and various hospital archives in London and Glasgow to create an online searchable database of hospital admission registers, improving access to researchers.

Increasing awareness and community engagement

King's College: Archive of the Month

The Archive Centre at King's College, Cambridge have developed a monthly online exhibition using original resources in an unconventional manner to raise the profile of the Archive Centre.

Waller Volunteer Transcription Project (PDF, 0.06Mb)

The purchase of the Waller Family Archives created a series of opportunities for Warwickshire Record Office to engage the local community with the collection using a wide range of activities.

PaxCat project at the University of Bradford: bringing peace archives to life

This National Cataloguing Grant funded project aimed to improve accessibility to the Commonweal archive at the University of Bradford's Special Collections Department. As well as delivering an online catalogue, the project helped improve the department's profile within the university.

East Links: Cataloguing Wilfred Spencer (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Cataloguing Wilfred Spence is a sub project of East Links, an ongoing initiative to improve access to the services offered by Lancashire Record Office to people in the north east of Lancashire. It raises awareness of what the service offers and involves local people in their work.

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