I am now entering my second year as a member of The National Archives’ User Advisory Group. Initially I represented student users, but as I am now about to complete my PhD, I have moved to represent online users.
The group is designed to create the opportunity to learn and disseminate information about The National Archives’ plans. We are all users of The National Archives – working both on- and off-site on a huge variety of projects that require accessing information from early modern legal records and chancery records to nineteenth-century family history. The group offers us the chance to really get involved with future plans and decision-making, by representing the needs and views of members of different communities – in my case, those users who access the archives remotely – as there are many of us who live outside of London and are unable to come to Kew regularly, if at all.