Tagging our past
A little over a year ago, we developed a new feature in Discovery (our catalogue) that allows our users to add their own tags to our records. Tags are a way for you to add more descriptive metadata to our records to make them more findable.
When we launched the feature we weren’t really sure how our users would engage with it, or what types of tags they would attach to our records. There are now over 5,000 tags attached to more than 7,500 documents, and that number is growing daily. People tag for all sorts of reasons – to bookmark records they are interested in, to help improve the findability of poorly described records, for research purposes and for fun.
Here are some of my favourite tags:
- “gran savages ww1 record” – this tag made me chuckle when I misread the name savage as a verb
- “great,great,great,great,great,great,granddad” – someone is doing well with their family tree!
- “curried goat” – I thought I might find an interesting recipe with this one, but it was something else altogether
- “dead man’s island” – Sounds like somewhere a pirate would bury his treasure!
- “beard army” – this tag conjured up an image of thousands of bearded men marching off to war
You can find out more about tagging and browse through tags in Discovery: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/all-tags/browse