Colleagues at The National Archives are busy people! Not only are they working hard to select, preserve and make accessible the public record, theyâ€™re also carrying out research and publishing it.
Our business plan sets out our core functions but itâ€™s research that underpins everything we do. Research is essential to ensure that we are moving in the right direction and constantly improving and innovating.
Previous blogs have outlined the many different types of research we get involved in. Disseminating research findings can be done in different ways; nowadays websites, twitter feeds, blogs, the media and even Youtube are all used to publicise research. However, staff at The National Archives are dedicated to publicising via the more traditional academic routes too:
- book chapters
- essays or articles in books
- journal articles
- published lectures
- Conference papers
- electronic publications
In 2009, to celebrate and recognise the research that colleagues do, we decided to launch The National Archives Research Prize. The Prize is in recognition of the most outstanding peer-reviewed article or book chapter written by a member of staff.