Developing collections

We provide strategic advice on collections planning, widening collections access to new and diverse communities, and guidance for collection development to actively document, reflect and support those communities.

Archive Service Accreditation defines good practice and agreed standards for collections management and provides guidance on meeting the standard.

Cataloguing archive collections

Guidance on how to approach cataloguing archives, ideally suited to those with little to no previous cataloguing experience. Cataloguing is a vital step in opening up access to a collection.

Collection development

Collecting policies are an integral part of good practice in managing and caring for archive collections. They describe what material an archive collects and why.

Contributing to our resources

Discovery is a portal to archival collections held within the UK and to many collections held internationally relating to the UK.