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In a spin: new guidance launched to help archives
The National Archives has launched new guidance designed to help the archive sector make informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections.
In recent years, the trend for heritage, library and archive services to convert to charitable trusts, social enterprises, mutual, local authority trading companies or a transfer to community management has increased. This conversion is commonly known as 'spinning out'.
In a spin: guidance on spinning out local authority archive services, has been developed to support local authority archive services and their managers and funders in making informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections. It outlines different models for service spin-outs and their implications for archive services. It also highlights key regulatory considerations and alternative options. The guidance stresses the importance of considering what is best for individual archives and includes case studies of spin-outs that are in the process of being launched.
The guidance will be updated regularly, drawing on the experiences of authorities setting up new spin-outs and of the spin-outs themselves. In addition, The National Archives will deliver 'Spin Out' master classes for archive services this autumn.