Archaeological archives are an increasingly hot topic of conversation among the historic environment sector, with issues affecting archives impacting on every aspect of the professional sphere. Museums are fast losing the capacity to continuously store complete archaeological archives, and field units simply do not have the capacity to keep hold of them. As long as we fail to address the issue, they remain inaccessible to all – to researchers, curators and to the public.
The IfA Archives Special Interest Group (ASIG) was formed to try and explore the many issues surrounding archives, whilst promoting their use within the profession and highlighting the problems of (and reasons behind) compromised standards and limited access. In 2012 we will be running a conference session at the IfA Annual Conference, to explore the problems and opportunities that lie in our archive stores, after which we will be launching a series of introductory workshops designed to help facilitate regionally-based discussion of archive issues between relevant people and organisations.
If you are interested in hearing more about the work that Archives SIG is doing, or interested in getting involved, please find details below of how to join. Our next AGM will be on the 6 March 2012 at the Museum of London, which will also double as a training event in ‘Visualising the digital archive’ – details can be found with the agenda if you follow the link below. We will finish with a tour of LAARC material held at the Museum of London.
There will be a charge of £5 for non IfA members.
Please follow the below links for the AGM agenda, minutes and nomination forms for new committee members.
The aims of the group are
The Group is open to anybody with interests/concerns/involvement with the archive process, and is free to IfA members.
Non-members will need to pay a yearly £10 fee. To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.