The National Archives

The image featured above is from this month's winter-themed image showcase. The other images are equally cheerful, have a look now and get in the festive spirit!

This month we're busy preparing for our annual New Year file releases, when the latest batch of files is transferred to us from other government departments. They'll be released at the end of December, so keep an eye out in our next enewsletter for details.
Season's greetings, see you in 2012!

Sarah Leggett
Buy now for Christmas

Order now from our online bookshop to ensure that your books and gifts, such as this beautiful wartime calendar, arrive in time.
Listen to our podcasts

If you're looking for an excuse to escape from the mayhem this Christmas, why not listen to one of our free podcasts?

Planning to visit?
If you're thinking of coming to The National Archives over the festive season, make sure you check our opening dates and times before you set out.  
To keep in touch with what's going on at The National Archives over Christmas, follow @UKNatArchives on Twitter

 Newsletter August 2011
Welcome to the Community Archives and Heritage Group newsletter, supporting and promoting community archives in the UK.

Community Archives and Heritage Group, Committee Profile 2011

The annual general meeting of the Community Archive Heritage Group was held during the Community Archives and Heritage Groups fifth annual conference at University College London on Wednesday 22nd June 2011. The profiles of the elected committe can be found on the community archive website
The Community Archives and Heritage Group
Community Archive Award - 2011
Don't forget that the closing date for nominations for the 2011 Community Archive Award is 31st December.
The award is open to community archives in the UK and Ireland and
Celebrates the contribution of community archives within the archive sector and promotes and shares good practice in community archives.
Full details and an online application can be found on the Community Archives website
Job Vacancy
Bruton Digital Heritage Project Manager, Somerset
The Bruton community, working through Bruton the Way Forward's Project committee of key people, is seeking a project leader to develop our ability to open our great heritage to the world. We need someone who can help us develop the people’s ability to build a digital archive of memories and artefacts
More information on the project and how to apply can be found on the Community Archives website
Archive of the Month
We feel it is important to highlight the work of groups around the UK, and would like to establish a regular feature on the website where each month a different group is put in the spotlight.
This month’s group is ……
Manchester High School for Girls Archive
The Manchester High School archive contains records dating from the foundation of the school in 1874 to the present day. In 2002, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant to the archive to help to conserve and promote the country's heritage in the field of girls' education. Part of their work has been to improve accessibility through a website giving online access to the catalogues, more detailed databases of some material and some of the photographic collections. They have also developed the Young Historians’ Scheme which provides a collection of primary sources, guidance on the understanding of the sources, background information and tasks to develop historical skills.
We were pleased to welcome them recently to the pages of the community archive website and they have submitted an entry to the Community Archive Award 2011 in the Innovation category.We wish them the best of luck.
Visit their page on the Community Archives website
If you would like your group to be featured in this way in the coming months please contact Elaine
What’s on!
A brief look at what's happening in the world of community archives
One day training courses from the British Library Centre for Conservation
Are you setting up a digitisation project? Do you want to learn more about the practicalities of equipment and handling books and documents during digitisation? The British Library, Centre for Conservation have been running a number of courses of interest to community archives. This training day  on Monday 12 December 2011 will include presentations on what to consider when sourcing equipment; preparing books for digitisation; handling during digitisation; outsourcing digitisation and dealing with digital images
More information can be found on the Community Archives website
From the Archives!
Recent activity on
A look at some of the new additions to the pages of the website, highlighting the multiplicity of community archives.

North Curry Archive, Somerset

North Curry Archives can be found above the Community Coffee Shop. They are maintained under the terms of a Trust and comprise of donated or loaned artefacts, memorabilia, title deeds, documents, local family history records and photographs of people, places and events relating to North Curry and the surrounding villages.  
Visit their page on the Community Archives website
New pages are added to the community archives website on a regular basis, if you haven’t visited the site for a while take a look at the home page to see what is new.
Don’t forget! 
The strength of the community archives website is that it provides Information and contact detail for a wide variety of groups. Therefore if you have added a page for your group on the site don’t forget to keep it updated! 
If you have forgotten your login details please contact Elaine
And Finally
If you have any questions or would like to submit information about your group for inclusion in the next newsletter please contact Elaine Davis