We talk a lot about partnership these days, in the archives sector. Itâ€™s more than a buzzword: partnership building is seen as absolutely critical to how archive services (which are usually quite small)Â are able to develop audiences, broaden funding, achieve visibility, sustainabilityâ€¦ a lot, in fact. But itâ€™s not always easy to find good examples of partnership, or examples that apply widely. We also know that partnership takes work and resource if it is going to be effective, be something more than a brief one-off collaboration.
So itÂ was a huge pleasure that when we issued a call for papers on collaboration between universities and archives, we received almost 40 proposals. Evidently, thereâ€™s a lot of work going on, across a whole range of types of work. The resulting conference – â€˜Enhancing Impact, Inspiring Excellenceâ€™ – is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and The National Archives, in association with Research Libraries UK. It is now open for booking.