I’ve turned over my blog spot this weekÂ to my colleague Cathy Williams, who brings news of an exciting launch.
Cathy writes: As much as I want you to read my first ever blogpost â€“ and believe me, itâ€™s been a painful process so I really would like you to â€“ I would much rather you were off exploring our new site for The Olympic Record. It celebrates the history of the UKâ€™s involvement with the Games and is launched today as part of The National Archivesâ€™ The Record, a four-year initiative to ensure a memory of the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Cultural Olympiad.
So itâ€™s definitely not all about the past: weâ€™ve been working with partners from local and central government; from across the cultural heritage sectors, media and commerce; from Further and Higher Education; and from community groups and organisations to encourage them to take responsibility for building a legacy which fully represents the broadest impact of the Games on the UK.
But back to the site and, because thereâ€™s so much to see, hereâ€™s a guided tour of The National Archivesâ€™ records you can access online, the activities already going on to celebrate the Games and how you can be involved.
Though itâ€™s not your usual guided tour: youâ€™re going to have to do most of the work yourself by answering a few questions which should help you navigate through whatâ€™s there. And because it would be far too tempting to scroll to the end for the answers, I might just save them for my second blogpost in August when weâ€™re warming down from the Olympics and warming up for the Paralympics.
The questions are organised according to the different sections of the site, just to be sure youâ€™ve seen some of the best bits but believe me, thereâ€™s far more to discover!
Timeline: Travel through timeÂ
- The first â€˜modernâ€™ Summer Games were held in Athens in 1896 but what were they called?
- Why were the Stockholm Games something of a milestone?
- When the Summer Games were held in Moscow, which team was conspicuous by its absence and why?
- The 1988 Olympic Games were hosted by Seoul in South Korea but which other city was among the potential bidders?
2012 activities: Explore activities for 2012Â
- How can you Get involved in The Record and what advice and guidance can you expect from The National Archives?
- How is an East End production company supporting UK Sport?
- Whereâ€™s your nearest Big Dance event and how can you take part?
- Howâ€™s is the UKâ€™s being at the heart of the Paralympic Movement being celebrated?
- Which cultural heritage organisations are working together to archive websites recording as many different London 2012 voices as possible?
- How are the Games being used to encourage lifelong learning?
- What are local authorities across the UK doing to engage their communities in sports and cultural activities?
- What opportunities are there for citizen journalists to contribute to the Olympic and Paralympic media frenzy?
- What has the Olympic Park Legacy Company now become and what does it aim to achieve?
So how did you do? OK, so there are no prizes, no medals but I hope itâ€™s given you at least a taste of what weâ€™ve made available online for the first time; and inspired you to join in, tell us what youâ€™re doing and be on The Record!
Oh, and if youâ€™ve been really struggling, you could always try listening to our podcast for inspiration …
Head of Collections Knowledge
The National Archives