Find case studies below on creating sustainable services for archives.

Mass Observation Archive: Encouraging contributions from Friends' Goups

The case study shows how archive services might encourage financial contributions from 'friends' by targeting membership fees and donations towards specific activities or costs.

Dorset History Centre and Dorset Archives Trust: Revitalising a Friends Group

This case study focuses on how an archive service can assist the revitalisation of a friends group, so that it is better placed to improve its funding capability.

Staffordshire Archive Service: Working with a Friends Group

This case study outlines the importance of a close working relationship between the archives service and the Friends group in supporting fundraising. It focuses on how this relationship enables the Friends group to maintain its membership income and to target grants effectively.

Next steps in the development of the Archifau Cymru Archives Wales reader's ticket: linking our data

Read how West Glamorgan Archive Service and Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University worked in partnership to improve security to collections - by making changes to the online reader ticket system used by archive services in Wales.

Gloucestershire Archives: Making the most of your budget

In 2007/8 the management team at Gloucestershire Archives looked at how future global, national and local trends were likely to impact on the service. As a result they concluded that some activities would need adjusting, dropping or funding differently, and that partners and volunteers should help deliver some of the services. 

WRVS Archive: Raising the profile of WRVS archive

This case study illustrates how an external award can be used to raise the profile of a collection and the archive service, both internally and externally, and secure extra funding.

Multi-site business archive

Maintaining the profile of the archive in the business is a major driver in the work of this multi-site business archive, by adding value to core business activities and aligning with changing business needs.

Cumbria Archive Service: Staffing a multi site service

This case study explores how staffing requirements are managed over four record offices in Cumbria.

East Sussex Record Office: Faces of The Keep

'Faces of The Keep' was a small project which developed out the creation of a brand for 'The Keep' prior to its opening in 2013.

Working in a Trust: Case study of a local authority archive service

The local authority archive service is part of a wider heritage service which was transferred into a leisure and culture trust in the 2000s. Find out about the impact of moving to the Trust for the archive service.

Dorset Archives Content Online: An Income Generation Model (PDF, 0.03Mb)

Learn more about how Dorset History Centre digitised some of their holdings to increase income generation and improve access to collections.

East Riding's one-stop site (PDF, 0.05Mb)

East Riding's Council Heritage Lottery funded 'one shop stop' site combines the museum, library and archive, allowing shared functions and facilities, and improved collections management.

Creating social and cultural impact

Planning for Social Outcomes at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (PDF, 0.03Mb)

Using a 'Planning Framework' and General Social Outcome Indicators has enabled Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums to ensure all projects relate to key corporate priorities and meet social outcomes from the planning phase.

Archive helps tourism in Blackpool (PDF, 0.03Mb)

'Admission all Classes' was a scheme by the National Fairground Archive, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Blackpool Council and Visit Blackpool, aimed at revitalising tourism.

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