The National Archives Resources

The National Archives work in partnership with Arts Council England, together with other sector partners, and aim to support archive services, encourage new thinking in the sector and ensure archives are embed in Arts Council England’s wider cultural offering.

At SEMDP we are working with the Archives Sector Development (ASD) department of the National Archives to support archives with South East Museums.

The Archives Sector Development team provide a wide range of resources which are relevant to museums on their website.


List of Online Resources

Coronavirus related guidance, including in depth guidance for services planning for re-opening, planning checklists and risk-management templates to enable services to tailor re-opening for their own building and service requirements. View Coronavirus related guidance

A significant strand of the National Archives outreach work is their 3 year ‘Plugged In, Powered Up’ strategy, which aims to increase digital capacity and skills in the archive sector. Plugged in, Powered Up Strategy

Digital preservation workflows for services starting out in digital preservation. Each section includes links to free, open source tools that services can utilise: Digital Preservation Workflows

Advocacy resources to highlight the importance of digital preservation, access and engagement skills: Advocacy Resources

The ‘NDSA’ standards for digital preservation. These have been developed by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and can be a useful matrix for helping services in assessing their current digital preservation offer and developing next steps. NDSA Standards for Digital Preservation

The National Archives Team published ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ in collaboration with the Association of Independent Museums in 2017. Successfully Managing Archives in Museums

List of current Content Management Systems and Digital Asset Management systems. CMS/DAM List

Guidelines for deaccessioning and disposal of archive material. National Archives Guidelines


Online Training Resources

The National Archives team have delivered a series of training programmes for which they have published various useful resources.

Fundraising for Archives

Bid Writing and Crowdfunding

Conducting a Significance Assessment and developing a Significance Statement


Planning short-term changes to services

The pandemic response has required archive services to manage their operations with different levels of access at different times. The checklist is designed to support services at a point when access is being reduced during the pandemic. It is based on the experience of archives in the first half of 2020, as captured through The National Archives’ webinars and surveying. New restrictions may be applied with relatively short notice, so this checklist is designed to support archive services with business continuity planning and preparation ahead of any changes.

Main page: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/our-archives-sector-role/coronavirus-update/planning-short-term-changes-to-services/

Checklist: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/our-archives-sector-role/coronavirus-update/planning-short-term-changes-to-services/checklist-for-planning-short-term-service-changes/

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