Archives are amazing. Without them we could not study our personal histories or the histories of our communities or nations. There would be no historically rich novels and films. We would know nothing about the lives of our predecessors.
Through the Explore Your Archive campaign (10-16 November 2014) we are inviting you into archives across the UK and Ireland, where the records of your life, your community, your business, your nation and your world are collected, kept safe and made accessible. We all benefit from archives â€“ often without realising. We want more people to understand and value the richness and diversity of UK and Irish archives. There are so many kinds of archives: in local authorities and governments, in businesses, in schools and universities, in charities, in private houses, in cultural organisations… All playing their part in keeping information safe and accessible.
An online flashmob
On Monday 10 November 2014 we want to celebrate all our wonderful archives and the invaluable work that goes into collecting, keeping and sharing the worldâ€™s memory. We hope you will lend us your voice and join our Thunderclap, to tell the world how truly exciting, relevant, diverse and fascinating archive collections are.