All this week, as part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, archives have been sharing their work, opening up their collections and answering your questions. Today we want to celebrate archives – the collections and the people and to really shout about what makes them so great.
Tell us what archives mean to you! Why is archival research important? If you’ve taken part in your local archives’ events tell us what you enjoyed. Tell us why you love to #explorearchives.
In this blog post, Stephen McGann, one of our Explore Your Archive ambassadors, tells us more about why archives mean so much to him:
The word sounds a little dusty and remote, doesn’t it? Like ‘archaic’. A dead thing, viewed from some great distance. A fossilized relic, devoid of blood or passion.
Nothing could be further from the truth.