From tomorrow, 16 November, until 22 November 2013, archives in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are holding a range of talks and events, and online and in-house exhibitions to highlight their collections.
Local, university, business, specialist and national archives throughout the UK and Ireland are inviting the public to experience, understand and take pride in the wealth and variety of material held in archives as part of a brand new campaign, Explore Your Archive.
Explore Your Archive highlights the essential and inspiring role of archives and brings to life some of the individuals, tales and adventures waiting to be explored in archives throughout the UK and Ireland.
The campaign aims to encourage the public to discover the stories that are at the heart of their communities and their identities. It will inspire new visitors to visit archives to share the excitement and passion of finding unique treasures, historical records and artefacts.
Joanne Fitton, Special Collections Manager, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds said: ‘Archives are unlike a museum or gallery where the collections are presented – archives are there for individuals to explore the collections for themselves and find the information or stories which inspire them. The thrill of discovery is at the heart of this campaign.’
Exploreyourarchive.org, the public website for the campaign, includes features such as an archive locator with an interactive map, a live twitter feed promoting Explore Your Archive activities and a video gallery featuring the campaign’s ambassadors. Go take a look!