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Subject:

Best practice model for Community Archive projects

From:

"Hayward, Olivia" <[log in to unmask]>

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Hayward, Olivia

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Fri, 16 Jul 2004 16:55:04 +0100

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> Best practice model for Community Archive projects
> Community Access to Archives Project (CAAP) is a project led and funded by
> The National Archives, in partnership with West Yorkshire Archives
> Service, Hackney Archives Department, the National Archives of Scotland,
> the National Council on Archives, the National Library of Wales, the
> Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Commanet.
> Working predominantly from case studies in West Yorkshire and Hackney, we
> are aiming to produce a Best Practice Model for community involvement in
> the production of online archive content, which should be available in its
> final form at the end of October this year.  We are also investigating
> potential funding streams for community archive work.
> We believe that community archive projects have an important role to play
> in community development, skills development and the preservation of
> 'unofficial' history, and are a means of encouraging non-traditional users
> to become involved with archives.  It is hoped that the Best Practice
> Model will be adopted by other archival organisations and heritage
> organisations to facilitate the development of community archive projects.
>
> A  community perspective  on community archives:
> "I just wanted to say thank you to the contributors of the Batley
> community archive project for the wonderful memories I found on your web
> pages. I was born and spent my childhood years in Batley before emigrating
> to New Zealand 30 years ago. I browsed every page on the Batley archive
> and it took me three days, three wonderful glorious memory filled days.
> Thank you all so very much!" Liz, New Zealand. On the Batley Community
> Archive, a commanet project.
>
> An Archives  perspective  on community archives:
> "At the heart of Northern Ireland society lies a deep-rooted sense of
> place and of community. People identify with the rural town land, the
> semi-urban village or the fully urban town or city. The street, the
> terrace of houses, the homes built round the neighbourhood factory, the
> local landmark are all permeated with memories of the good times and the
> bad times, the hopes and the disappointments experienced both by
> individuals and by close-knit communities. Such memories are about living
> in the fullest sense: they are vibrant and colourful; they can be sad or
> joyful. Community archives have the vital role of encouraging the
> recording of individual and community memories so that they can be enjoyed
> by future generations. They are a welcome expression of pride and of
> self-confidence", Gerry Slater, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
> To find out more information go to our web pages at:
> www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives/caap
>
>
>
> Olivia Hayward
> Press & Communications Officer
> Community Access to Archives Project (CAAP)
> The National Archives
>
> Phone: 020 8392 5330. Ext: 2523
> Email: [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]
> Web: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives/caap
>
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