Every year archives across the UK and Ireland enrich their collections for researchers by actively taking in thousands of new records and developing existing collections.
Our Accessions to Repositories survey invites over 300 archive services to tell us what they have taken in over the last calendar year.
We share this information with researchers by:
- publishing an annual snapshot of collecting (nationalarchives.gov.uk/accessions)
- updating Discovery so that it continues to provide the latest information about the nation’s collections (discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk)
- distributing curated information by theme to a number of specialist journals and publications for wider circulation
Last year, my colleague Amy Greir wrote a series of blogs about Accessions to Repositories, highlighting some of the collections we came across during the 2014 survey.
We are now busy analysing returns from over 260 archives sent to us for 2015.
As the current survey editor, I have oversight of the information coming in and being processed by staff. It’s a fascinating role, which gives me an overview of collecting across the sector, and an opportunity to see the diversity of records created and being preserved for access locally and nationally for future generations. Continue reading »