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NAME & CONTACT DETAILS OVERVIEW
International Council on
Archives The mission of ICA is to promote the preservation and use of
60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois archives around the world. In pursuing this mission, ICA
75003 Paris, France works for the protection and enhancement of the memory of
+33 1 40 27 63 06 the world and to improve communication while respecting
Museums, Libraries & Archives
(MLA) The MLA believes that museums, libraries and archives
Head office in Birmingham, make a measurable and substantial contribution to the quality
additional office in London. of life of us all. They support the well-being of individuals and
society as a whole by helping to create a shared identity and
The Museums, Libraries and sense of community and place. They play a vital role in
Archives Council generating prosperity by supporting learning and skills,
Grosvenor House providing access to knowledge and resources, and by
14 Bennetts Hill helping to make places inspiring and attractive to live in, work
Birmingham in and visit. The MLA believes that the best museums,
B2 5RS libraries, and archives:
Tel: +44 (0)121 345 7300 - Integrate with other forms of culture, the arts, sport and
Fax: +44 (0)121 345 7303 local services to offer essential resources that meet the
Email: email@example.com needs of people, communities and places.
- Embed excellence, scholarship, creativity and diversity.
The Museums, Libraries and - Innovate, are entrepreneurial and adapt to new working
Archives Council methods.
Wellcome Wolfson Building - Ensure sustainability and continuous improvement is at the
165 Queen's Gate heart of all they do.
South Kensington - Broaden and deepen access to their information and
SW7 5HD - Perform to the highest levels and champion continuous
Tel: +44 (0)20 7273 1444 professional development.
Fax: +44 (0)20 7273 1404 - Are engaging and enjoyable places for people to visit and
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org use.
Black Cultural Archives Black Cultural Archives was founded in 1981 to collect,
1 Othello Close preserve and celebrate the contributions Black people have
London made to the culture, society and heritage of the UK.
This unique and growing archive collection offers insight into
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7582 8516 the history of Black people in Britain and includes rare
Email: documents, photographs, memorabilia, oral history
email@example.com testimonies and artefacts dating from the second century to
the present day.
We are able to offer a limited
enquiry service via phone and BCA’s mission and vision inspires their educational
email. If you wish to use the programmes and partnership initiatives, allowing them to
archive, we are open by connect with a variety of communities in a meaningful,
appointment on Wednesdays genuine way through an engagement with tangible objects.
10am -4pm, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to BCA is currently engaged in a major capital project to create
book. the UK's first national Black heritage centre in Brixton,
National Archives The National Council on Archives was established in 1988 to
The National Archives, Kew, bring together the major bodies and organisations, including
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. service providers, users, depositors and policy makers,
across the UK concerned with archives and their use. It aims
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ to develop consensus on matters of mutual concern and
provide an authoritative common voice for the archival
LA Archives All local authorities have a legal duty to keep an archive.
Find the local authority for your area, the web address will
always be www.putintheplacename.gov.uk you should then
be able to locate information on the archive
Heritage Lottery Fund
Tel 020 7591 6000 HLF provides funding for community based archives –
including the cultural sector.
Bear in mind that HLF funding is only for artefacts/ heritage
http://www.hlf.org.uk that is 50 years old and over
UNESCO Thesaurus The Thesaurus provides details on archive terminology &
For the particularly well informed, there’s the UNESCO
thesaurus at http://www2.ulcc.ac.uk/unesco/ and if you want
to go yet further http://www.loc.gov/ead/eaddev.html
Society of Archivists
Prioryfield House, The society of archivists has a website offering a range of
20 Canon Street, information
Somerset, TA1 1SW
They have a number of special interest groups
Tel: 01823 327030
Fax: 01823 271719 One specialising in film -
And another considering - Specialist Repositories Group
The National Council on
Archives (NCA) The National Council on Archives (NCA) offers a useful
Archive Lottery Advisory Service which is jointly sponsored
Home page: by The National Archives and The Museums, Libraries and
http://www.nca.org.uk/about_nca/w Archives Council (MLA) under the aegis of the National
hat_we_do/ Council on Archives. The Archive Lottery Adviser supports
record offices, and other bodies holding archives, throughout
the UK in making applications for lottery funding. Anyone
developing a project using archives can use the service.
Information on this can be accessed at
Association of Chief Archivists
in Local Government (ACALG) The Society of Archivists (SoA), National Council on Archives
(NCA), and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local
Government (ACALG) have merged into a single body to
create a strong inclusive voice for the sector (2008). A
memorandum of understanding has been produced – which
is available to download where?
Black and Asian Studies (BASA)
The Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA; till October
www.blackandasianstudies.org.uk 1997 ASCACHIB) was formed in 1991. The aim of the
Association is to foster research and to disseminate
information on the history of Black peoples in Britain. A
newsletter is published three times a year in July, November
and March. BASA also holds annual conferences. The
organisation takes up issues with government departments
and quangos, such as English Heritage re-Blue Plaques and
much else, with the QCA on school curricula, and MLA
regarding archives, libraries and museums. They have also
worked on specific projects with other organisations. e.g. in
the past with CASBAH, and the National Archives' website
on the history of Black peoples in Britain since the mid 16th
CASBAH is a pilot web site for research resources relating to
Secretary: Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian
Sean Creighton peoples in the UK. There is a database which contains
18 Ridge Rd information from a UK-wide sample of relevant archive,
Mitcham printed and audio-visual resources held in academic, public
CR4 2ET and special libraries and repositories. The project reports
provide detailed information on CASBAH's pilot and regional
Email: surveys and present guidelines devised by CASBAH on
email@example.com conducting surveys and subject indexing in these subject
rg areas. The CASBAH database contains a demonstrator
sample of about 400 records relating to resources for
Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian
http://www.casbah.ac.uk/ peoples in the UK.
Diversity Art Forum (previously
the African and Asian Visual The Diversity Art Forum is dedicated to transforming the way
Artists Archive) in which the visual arts are seen and interpreted. Art as the
creative inhibitor continues to have an imperative
communicative role in various ways. The organisation
Director: Email Pauline de Souza provides a dialogic space where art practice can be
at firstname.lastname@example.org challenged and complicated. It seeks to build a platform,
upon which diverse arts forms can be discussed, bridging a
www.uel.ac.uk/diversityart/index.ht rich understanding creativity, production and research.
AIM25 seeks to provide electronic access to collection level
Project Director descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher
Patricia Methven education institutions, learned societies, cultural
Director of Archive Services organisations and livery companies within the greater London
King's College London area. New data is constantly being added.
London WC2R 2LS
Tel: 020 7848 2187
King's College London
Tel. 020 7848 2011
Archives Hub is a national gateway to descriptions of
www.archiveshub.ac.uk archives in UK universities and colleges.
UK Film Archive Forum
The Film Archive Forum represents all of the public sector
www.bufvc.ac.uk/faf/faf.htm film and television archives which care for the UK's moving
The Museums Association represents the people and
Museums Association, 24 Calvin institutions constituting Britain's museums and galleries.
Street, London E1 6NW
Policy and Programmes
Tel: 020 7426 6950
The Archive-Skills Consultancy was originally formed to
may cottage deliver a programme of training in archives and records
1 Fountayne Road management at a price that anyone or any organisation can
London afford. This built on a working relationship begun in the early
N16 7EB 1990’s running the Basic Archive Skills Training Days under
the auspices of the Society of Archivists’ Specialist
t: (020) 8806 8631 · f: (020) 7502 Repositories Group.
Since 1999 the Archive-Skills consultancy has trained nearly
www.archive-skills.com 900 people in their off-the-shelf training alone. The company
also delivers tailored training to meet specific individual and
organisational goals and requirements.
See particularly their ‘info-bytes’ at http://www.archive-
The Moving History Project
Screen Archive South East The Moving History website is a research guide to the United
University of Brighton Kingdom’s twelve public sector film archives and provides a
Grand Parade showcase for their collections. Moving History's role is to
Brighton BN2 2JY show, describe and provide links to these key collections
Tel: 01273 643213 located around the UK.
email@example.com The Moving History guide aims to encourage research into
archive film and film history, and to promote the value of
these resources to all, including academics and students
http://www.movinghistory.ac.uk/ across the arts and humanities in higher education. It is
hoped that the information found here will be of interest to all
those who seek to expand their understanding and use of
moving image material.