New Issue: Archives and Records

Volume 39, 2018

Editorial – Archives and museums
Charlotte Berry


From catalogues to contextual networks: reconfiguring collection documentation in museums
Michael Jones

Coalition and co-creation: the genesis of Archive Service Accreditation
Melinda Haunton, Katrina Thomson & Janice Tullock

From museum to archives: managing the Panama Canal Museum Collection
John R. Nemmers, Steve Duckworth, Jessica Belcoure Marcetti & Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler

Curatorial and archival approaches to the National Gallery archives
Alan Crookham & Richard Wragg

Of mind and matter: the archive as object
Peter Lester

Book Reviews

Valuing your collection: a practical guide for museums, libraries and archives
Judy Burg

Birmingham wills and inventories 1512–1603
Mark Dorrington

The International Business Archives Handbook: understanding and managing the historical records of business
Karyn Williamson

Digital preservation for libraries, archives, and museums
Ellen O’Flaherty

Copyright and e-learning: a guide for practitioners
Victoria Stobo

The silence of the archive
Jenny Moran

The history thieves: secrets, lies and the shaping of a modern nation
Susan Healy

CFP: Archives and Records Special Issue, Archives and Education: New Pedagogies and Practice

This special issue of Archives and Records seeks to explore innovative pedagogical approaches to engagement with archival collections at higher education institutions. Of particular interest are submissions that explicate change through pedagogical practice in both institutional strategy and the engaged population. The issue aims to facilitate a dialogue between researchers, practitioners, archivists, curators, users, educators and scholars and to address questions such as the following:

  • What are the most pressing pedagogical demands being placed on archival collections at higher education institutions and how has this impacted on short, medium and long term engagement strategies?
  • How have archival teams attempted to engage with their target demographics and what successes have been achieved in the attraction of new audiences?
  • How has pedagogical design been integrated into the development of existing and/or new engagement strategies?
  • What are the technological challenges associated with such pedagogical engagement and how has fusion of traditional archival practice with pedagogical design enhanced the learning experience for all involved?
  • How have archivist/teachers developed and embedded critical thinking and archival literacy skills into key partnerships for new impacts in teaching and learning?
  • How have academic archive repositories expanded their user base into non-traditional user groups?
  • How have material culture and digital pedagogies combined within the learning space?
  • What has been the impact of the application of learning theory in practice on the archival teams?
  • How can archival teams begin to think about supporting students across a wide variety of disciplines through pedagogical design and practice?
  • What are the challenges that archival teams are facing in the future and how can relationships with educational/designers help to develop programmes that respond to the needs of the student population with a measurable impact?

Academic libraries are being refocused and repositioned within the traditional infrastructure of higher education and learning. Library and archive repositories are the engine room of such higher education institutions, fibrously connected to the objectives of impactful and innovative learning, teaching and research. Such archive resources support and inspire students in response to a wide variety of demands. Increasing pressure on academic libraries and archival collections in particular, to demonstrate impact, is prompting institutions to evaluate established practices, respond to demand and to plan for the future.

However, in the last thirty years these demands have changed along with a rapid, although not in parallel, evolution of technology, provoking debate amongst this community around how to pedagogically support engagement with collections with demonstrable output. New developments in pedagogical design for student engagement also predominate, responding to the need for the development of 21st century skills that students require to make a successful transition into employment. The digital archive is becoming ever-more integrated into the digital classroom – but what are the implications for this as regards learning through and with tangible objects and the physical record? The role of ‘archivist-as-teacher’ and mediator of the educational experience is taking greater prominence. The reading-room becomes an extension of the lecture theatre.

Current discourse and evidence places high prominence on transferable graduate attributes – those who can learn and work co-dependently as well as independently. Society today, owing to recent global economic and political changes, maintains a cautious position and distrust towards information and data. Documented evidence and testimony has become weaponised. The faculties of critical thinking, evaluation, analytical skills and academic/argumentative writing can be learnt directly from creative engagement with learning through encountering archive collections.

Academic libraries underpin such learning experiences and skills development through archive literacies. There is a need, therefore, to develop a better understanding of how the library and archival collections of higher education institutions can meet the expectations placed upon them while concomitantly meeting the expectations of increasingly dynamic pedagogical environments.

We invite papers on any aspect of pedagogical engagement with archival collections. Submissions to this special issue might consider, although are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Archival collections and the educational practitioner
  • The archivist and the 21st century student
  • Archives and material culture in the digital era – learning through encountering
  • Archival collections and technological enhanced learning experiences
  • Pedagogical design for engagement with archival collections
  • 21st century skill development in the archival environment
  • Educational theory in archival practice
  • Managing and facilitating pedagogical engagement with archives
  • The impact of evolving technology on short, medium and long term planning

How to submit your paper

Prospective authors are invited to contact the Guest Editors, in order to discuss proposed articles for this special issue of Archives and Records which will be published in Spring 2020.


The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 November 2018. All submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed and should be presented in line with the Archives and Records Instructions for Authors.

The final deadline for article submissions is 30 June 2019.

Editorial information


New Issue: Archives & Records

Archives & Records, Volume 28, Issue 2, 2017


“Keeping time in dance archives: moving towards the phenomenological archive space”
Arike Oke

“From personal to public: field books, museums, and the opening of the archives”
Michael Jones

“Exploring encounters between families, their histories and archived oral histories”
Mary Stewart & Cynthia Brown

“Has the introduction of orphan works licensing schemes solved the problem that orphan works present to digitization projects?”
Samantha Callaghan

“Should archivists edit Wikipedia, and if so how?”
George Cooban

Opinion Pieces

“Role of public archivists in post-apartheid South Africa: passive custodians or proactive narrators”
Isabel Schellnack-Kelly

“Protecting rights, asserting professional identity”
Margaret Procter

Book Reviews

“Teaching with primary sources”
Nerys Tunnicliffe

“The later Inquisitions post mortem: mapping the medieval countryside and rural society”
Christopher Whittick

“The cartulary of Binham Priory”
Euan C. Roger

“Appraisal and acquisition strategies”
Rachel MacGregor

“Engaging with records and archives: histories and theories”
Margaret Procter

“Practical tips for developing your staff”
Caroline Sampson

“Mannock Strickland 1683–1744: agent to English convents in Flanders. Letters and accounts from exile”
Robert F. W. Smith

“Terrier of Llanthony Priory’s houses and lands in Gloucester 1443”
Marianne Wilson

“This ghastly affair: Great War letters from the Leathersellers’ archives”
Michael Page

“The letters of John Collier of Hastings, 1731–1746”
Nell Darby

“The Special Collections Handbook”
Mark Dorrington

“Participatory heritage”
Melinda Haunton

“The logbook of Thomas Slatford, headmaster Littlehampton school 1871-1911”
Philip Gale


Michael Farrar (1929–2017)
Philip Saunders

Recent Issue: Archives and Records

Volume 38, Issue 1, 2017

Editorial: archives and public history
Victoria Hoyle

‘To Be Able to Imagine Otherwise’: community archives and the importance of representation
Michelle Caswell, Alda Allina Migoni, Noah Geraci & Marika Cifor

‘Setting the record straight’: the creation and curation of archives by activist communities. A case study of activist responses to the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, South London
Elena Carter

The small politics of everyday life: local history society archives and the production of public histories
Fiona Cosson

A labour of love: the affective archives of popular music culture
Paul Long, Sarah Baker, Lauren Istvandity & Jez Collins

‘I will not leave, my freedom is more precious than my blood’. From affect to precarity: crowd-sourced citizen archives as memories of the Syrian war
Dima Saber & Paul Long

Artists and records: moving history and memory
Kathy Michelle Carbone

‘Instead of fetching flowers, the youths brought in flakes of snow’: exploring extreme weather history through English parish registers
Lucy Veale, James P. Bowen & Georgina H. Endfield

Book Reviews
Directory of rare books and special collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Julia Sheppard

Managing local government archives
Niamh Brennan

Building trustworthy digital repositories: theory and implementation
Jenny Mitcham

Managing digital cultural objects: analysis, discovery and retrieval
Adrian Brown

Introduction to metadata
Ellen O’Flaherty

Digitizing flat media: principles and practice
Alex Fitzgerald

Digital preservation essentials
Simon Wilson

Preserving popular music heritage: do-it-yourself, do-it-together
Andrew Flinn

Edward II: his last months and his monument
Rebecca Phillips

Early records of University College Oxford
A. C. Green

Northallerton wills and inventories, 1666–1719
Andrew George

Seals in medieval London 1050-1300: a catalogue
Paul R. Dryburgh

Rookwood family papers 1606–1761
Robert F. W. Smith

The building accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1512–1520
Anthony Smith

The Royal Irish Constabulary: a short history and genealogical guide with a select list of medal awards and casualties
Neil G. Cobbett

New Issue: Archives and Records

Volume 37, Issue 2, Autumn 2016


‘A permanent house for local archives’: a case study of a community’s archives in County Offaly
Lisa Collins Shortall

Building an archivist: exploring career paths in our profession since 2008 (an Irish perspective)
Sarah Poutch

Do-it-yourself institutions of popular music heritage: the preservation of music’s material past in community archives, museums and halls of fame
Sarah Baker

Records of the times: layers of creation in the George Orwell archive
David Fitzpatrick

Declassification: a clouded environment
Julia Kastenhofer & Dr Shadrack Katuu

Thinking about and working with archives and records: a personal reflection on theory and practice
Alistair G. Tough

Book Reviews

Her price is above pearls: family and farming records of Alice Le Strange, 1617–1656
Robert F. W. Smith

The no-nonsense guide to archives and recordkeeping
Caroline Sampson

Archives in libraries: what librarians and archivists need to know to work together
Tola Dabiri

Archives alive: expanding engagement with public library archives and special collections
Barbara McLean

The religious census of Bristol and Gloucestershire 1851
Tim Powell

The preservation management handbook: a 21st century guide for libraries, archives and museums
Chris Woods

Is digital different? How information creation, capture, preservation and discovery are being transformed
Anthea Seles

The ethics of memory in a digital age: interrogating the right to be forgotten
Tim Gollins

Encoded archival description tag library, version EAD3
Jane Stevenson

Stolen, smuggled, sold: on the hunt for cultural treasures
Susan Healy

Stirrings in the archives: order from disorder
Alexandrina Buchanan


Constance Brodie (1922–2015)
Susan Beckley & George Dixon

Patricia Margaret Sewell (1961–2016)
Alan Betteridge

CFP: Archives and Records

Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association Call for papers

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Archives and Public History: Places, Pasts and Identities

Archives are made visible through a broad range of public history activity, from Hollywood blockbusters and television documentaries, to national commemorative events and local community projects.  In common with other cultural heritage assets, they are recognised as a tool that enables people to engage with the past in all sorts of ways.

Nevertheless, questions remain about this intersection of archival heritage, public history and the past. For example:

  • How do archives create and inform knowledge about the past, and what role do they play in the production of histories?
  • How is digital technology changing the way that history-makers and public audiences encounter, understand and use archives?
  • What is the impact of the ‘democratisation’ of history and heritage on how people relate to archival materials?
  • What are the ethical implications of deploying archival heritage to tell stories about diverse places and identities?

This special issue of Archives and Records seeks to explore approaches to the public use of archives, emanating from all fields of study.  We recognise that ground-breaking work on the nature and value of archival heritage is happening across the disciplines, in history, literature, art, sociology, geography, heritage and information studies and beyond.  Many of these voices rarely enter the archives sector literature.  This issue aims to provide a space for encounters between researcher and practitioner discourses, and to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas.

We invite papers on any aspect of the public use of archives.  Contributions might consider, but need not be confined to, the following themes:

  • Popular conceptions and representations of archival heritage
  • The value of the archive to historians and other ‘history-makers’ (including historical fiction authors, TV producers, artists, community groups)
  • Social, historical, political and economic uses of archives by governments, local authorities, universities, community groups and individuals
  • The role of archives in commemorative activity and anniversary events
  • Discourses of memory, remembering/forgetting and archival heritage
  • Intersections with other forms of cultural heritage, e.g. material culture, built environment, intangible heritage

How to submit

Prospective authors are invited to contact the Guest Editor, Victoria Hoyle to discuss potential articles. The deadline for submissions is 31st July 2016. All submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed and should be presented in line with Archives and Records style guidelines.