14 October 2022
Explore Your Archive Week is back from 28 November to 6 December and this year, everyone is invited to showcase items from their own home collections
The Archives and Records Association (ARA), who run the campaign, are inviting people to post images from their own ‘archives’ along with the daily themes and, as a finale to the week, Your Archive is the last daily theme – handing over the social media feed to anyone who has some intriguing old photos, diaries, albums, letters or other interesting historical items in their own ‘collection’ to share.
The ARA are also running a number of free events for the public to find out from experts how they can get the best out of archives for their own research, whether that’s into family history, local history or that of marginalised communities. There will also be an insight into the work of archive conservators who can also give tips on how to keep your own treasures safe at home.
Explore Your Archive events
A special event at the Glasgow Women’s Library (2 December 2022, 6.30pm-8.30pm) will include a tour of the collections and a talk about their collections and how they can be accessed.
National Records Scotland will also give a talk on how to use NRS to start your family history journey.
Full details of these events and booking information will be available shortly on the Explore Your Archive website.
The daily social media themes for Explore Your Archive Focus week are:
28 November - Maps and plans
29 November - Time
30 November - Beards (referencing Movember)
1 December - Throwback (referencing Throwback Thursday)
2 December - Party
3 December - News
4 December - Language
5 December - Humour
6 December - Your Archive - inviting the public to share their own treasures
Find out more at Explore Your Archive and take part using the hashtag #ExploreYourArchive
Image courtesy Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.