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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Over £330,000 awarded in grants to archive services18/09/2020 14:15:00
During the COVID-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to innovate and engage with archive users.
Digital preservation project shortlisted for award16/09/2020 12:43:00
National Archives are delighted to announce that our Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project team has been shortlisted for The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation at the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards.
The National Archives now open, offering greater access to our collections07/09/2020 13:38:00
National Archives are very pleased to be able to welcome visitors back into our reading rooms, offering a limited service to visitors who need access to our collection of original documents for their research.
Artwork to commemorate heroes of the Blitz commissioned by Ancestry07/09/2020 09:15:00
Family history experts Ancestry have commissioned 33 artists around the UK to create artwork based on Civil Gallantry Award records held at The National Archives to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Blitz.
The National Archives welcomes Swedish School onsite at Kew25/08/2020 09:05:00
We are delighted to announce the commencement of a new strategic collaboration with the Swedish School in London (SSL).
Tickets now available for Meet the Author series20/08/2020 09:15:00
This autumn, we will be launching Meet the Author, a brand new programme of free online talks with high-profile authors.
The National Archives now open, offering a limited service07/08/2020 16:15:00
National Archives are very pleased to announce that they are now able to welcome visitors back into thier reading rooms.
Newly accredited archive services announced30/07/2020 14:15:00
The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Manchester Library was awarded Archive Service Accreditation for the first time at the latest panel meeting in July 2020.
The National Archives now open, offering a limited service27/07/2020 09:10:00
We’re very pleased to announce that we are now able to welcome visitors back into our reading rooms. We are offering a limited service to visitors who need access to our collection of original documents for their research. Visitors are required to book their visit and order their documents in advance.