Celebrating the contributions of our volunteers
Today marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week and for the first time, this year we will be honouring the achievements of our volunteers through a series of online events. Volunteers make an important contribution to the work of The National Archives and this will be highlighted in a series of blogs this week. As well as celebrating the overwhelming response to recent call outs for remote volunteer projects, we will look back at the achievements of our onsite volunteers before the closure of the building.
Caroline Ottaway-Searle, Director of Public Engagement, said: ‘To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2020 we want to say a big thank you to our volunteers for the significant amount of time and commitment they freely give and for the enormous contribution they make. Volunteers continue to be invaluable to the work we do here regardless of whether they are able to be onsite or not.’
We were delighted to host the London Heritage Volunteer Awards reception last October, which celebrated the achievements of volunteers working in the capital. Volunteers at The National Archives commit to an average of one day’s work per week. Over the last year, onsite volunteers alone have contributed an amazing 18,497 hours of time and effort. During the same period, around 1,200 volunteers have helped enhance over 405,000 of our catalogue descriptions, making these records much more accessible. Highlights include the completion of the Admiralty Navy Board (ADM 106) project and the start of a project to catalogue the paintings and drawings in our copyright records (COPY 1).
You can read more about these projects and others on our volunteering web pages, where you can also meet some of our dedicated volunteers and join our current remote cataloguing projects. As you will read, our volunteering activities extend beyond cataloguing, as we develop more opportunities to support our public engagement activities.
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A message about racial equality from our Chief Executive and Keeper10/06/2020 16:15:00
The National Archives is committed to fairness and equality for all. We do not tolerate racism or any racial injustice. Archives are for everyone because they are about everyone – past, present and future.
Coronavirus update04/06/2020 09:20:00
The National Archives closed its doors to staff and visitors since mid-March. While some of our services have been suspended throughout the closure, as they rely on staff having access to our building and collections, many remain unaffected and available through our website, including free access to our digital collection.
New digital preservation training for archives05/05/2020 16:15:00
National Archives yesterday launched Novice to Know-How, our free online digital preservation training for archive professionals. Part of our ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ strategy, the new training will provide learners with the skills and confidence to preserve born-digital records held by their organisation.
Free access to digital records23/04/2020 14:15:00
National Archives are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors.
Time Travel TV launches to help with the return to home-schooling21/04/2020 14:15:00
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Newly accredited archive services announced31/03/2020 14:15:00
By attaining accreditation, these archive services have successfully demonstrated that they meet the UK standard around resourcing, collections management and provision of access to collections.
Changes to document ordering25/03/2020 12:33:00
We have decided to delay the implementation of the document ordering trial, as The National Archives is currently closed until further notice.