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1 The National Archives and Archiving the Arts Kate Wheeler - Collections Knowledge Manager

2 Archives Definition An archive is a collection of materials created by a person or organisation in the course of their business or their life. They are preserved because of the evidence and information they contain. But what they all contain is stories....

3 What about Arts Archives? What makes them special? 3 For the audience - ‘Eavesdropping on History’ - Accessible entry point to archives - Different ways of responding to records And for archives? - Chance to connect with new and diverse audiences - Strong field of research and also general interest - Dedicated funding streams

4 We are : - DISCOVERING – where archives are held, which collections are at risk and what questions loom large - GROWING KNOWLEDGE – through workshops, networking and establish intra-sector contacts - BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS – working closely with key organisations like Arts Council England, prestigious academics and sector leading archives Archiving the Arts has 4 Key Objectives... Archiving the Arts 4

5 FINDABLE – Listing on databases like the NRA, supporting cataloguing, using new technology USEABLE – Helping academics, local historians, community groups and artists to understand the value of these records and use them APPRECIATED – Kudos for research, boosting reputation, supporting activity We want to support living archives.... 1) To ensure that arts collections are: 5

6 - Enabling individuals /organisations to understand the value of their records - Beginning the journey from ‘stuff’ to ‘archive’ - Accessing basic, appropriate, collection care - Making good decisions about whether to care for their records themselves or to deposit at an established archive 2) To help non-archivists make good decisions about records in their care 6

7 3) To support access to sustainable funding streams -Supporting strong relationships with funders - Growing knowledge of the funding landscape -Aiding partnerships -Supporting appropriate commercial activity - Working to clarify IP and copyright where needed 1816 Sunderland bridge lottery

8 We want to celebrate these vibrant sectors and bring people together so that: - New work can flourish - Trust can be built - leading to new deposits - enabling better access Plans for Channel Tunnel Artists and archivists can work together to access funding and gain high-level support 4) To encourage dialogue and skills sharing between artists and archivists 8

9 How can I get involved? Contact me at: Tell me if you are contacting from the perspective of an artist and an archivist Share all you can! Watch out for events in your region 9


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