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Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network

Communities working
together to sustain a unique
digital archive
Steve Capes
Ca...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
What is CCAN?
• A sustainable network of 32 community groups
across Cambridgeshi...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Background and
Beginnings
• Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network

was creat...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Your Heritage Project 2005
• Your Heritage bid (up to £50k) submitted mid
2004
•...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Heritage Grant Project
• Success of ‘pilot’ project drove submission
of Heritage...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Building the Network
• Creation of customised website

www.ccan.co.uk to host co...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Community Archive Groups
• In the original network 40 groups were created
across...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Community Benefits
• Encouragement of social activity within a

community and ac...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
How does CCAN work?
• Network sustains itself via payments from groups
(currentl...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
A network supporting itself
• As a network CCAN can demonstrate successful
‘self...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
Network challenges
• Not everything has been successful!
– some groups fail, due...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network
The future
• CCAN

is now financially secure with new web provider
and is attrac...
Cambridgeshire Community
Archives Network

Any further queries please contact
Steve Capes on 01223 713507 or
by email at
s...
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Presentation given by Steve Capes, Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network, at "Building a Heritage Network" conference in Stornoway, 29 October 2013

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  1. 1. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Communities working together to sustain a unique digital archive Steve Capes Cambridgeshire County Council
  2. 2. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network What is CCAN? • A sustainable network of 32 community groups across Cambridgeshire, working together to develop and sustain a digital record of community history for the County on www.ccan.co.uk • Although CCAN has been run by its volunteers since mid 2008 (and funded through its volunteer members), Cambridgeshire County Council maintains links and injects extra funding when possible • As a network working with web provider Community Sites, CCAN is part of a strong national network of community archives
  3. 3. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Background and Beginnings • Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network was created with 2 HLF grants between 2005 and 2008 • Original aim was to add community relevance to an existing network of Community Access Points in Post Offices, pubs, church and community halls etc • Second aim was to encourage the formation of community groups who would form a cohesive network, helping each other and working together • Third aim was to encourage learning around both digital technology and local heritage
  4. 4. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Your Heritage Project 2005 • Your Heritage bid (up to £50k) submitted mid 2004 • Grant agreed to fund ‘pilot’ for proposed county project to follow a successful pilot • Project plan tested at 7 sites between March and September 05 • 1 Community Archive Officer (& part-time support) 1 day/week per Group over 6 months essential • Funding for artist/schools work and exhibition
  5. 5. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Heritage Grant Project • Success of ‘pilot’ project drove submission of Heritage bid (£300k) in September 2005 • Delivery of 4 Phases Aug 06 – July 08 • Primary aims: • Develop community archive groups at 40 Community Access Points (incl. 8 Museums) • Upload digital, cross-searchable community archive collections to website • Create links between communities and professional services
  6. 6. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Building the Network • Creation of customised website www.ccan.co.uk to host collections (original site now archived following migration to much improved system at end of 2012). • 2 Community Archive Officers and 1 Archives Liaison Officer were essential to support the development of local archive groups • To ‘bring community archives to life’ the original project funded art workshops in schools and also a number of public exhibitions
  7. 7. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Community Archive Groups • In the original network 40 groups were created across Cambridgeshire – a wide range of sites, mainly geographical in nature (villages and towns), but also organisations such as: • • • • Addenbrooke’s Hospital MIND (mental health charity) Robert Sayle (now John Lewis store) Romany Theatre Company • Migration to improved site has encouraged lapsed groups back to network, plus the addition of new groups – current strength 32 groups • Groups designed to be self-governing and
  8. 8. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Community Benefits • Encouragement of social activity within a community and across communities, the ‘network effect’ – improving social links countywide • Adding to community sense of place and sense of past – enhancing community involvement, knowledge and enjoyment of local heritage • Preserving an easily lost local heritage resource in an accessible and sustainable format • Helping group members use existing skills and try new learning
  9. 9. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network How does CCAN work? • Network sustains itself via payments from groups (currently £100 per year per group for webhosting and technical support – ‘network price’ from supplier for a limited function service) • Webhosting and technical support provided by Community Sites ( who offer a higher cost ‘full function’ service to some groups – see Meldreth and Orwell on www.ccan.co.uk) • Cambridgeshire County Council oversee payments and admin and provide extra funding where possible, staff member non-exec on Committee • Network run by its volunteers via Steering Committee and annual AGM
  10. 10. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network A network supporting itself • As a network CCAN can demonstrate successful ‘self-support’ examples across groups: – Steering Committee – members from a number of groups, meets quarterly – AGM or ‘Forum’ of all groups annually – Technical Support – two members from different groups who offer a helpline to members with problems and also training sessions to new and existing groups – support to new groups from existing groups – exhibitions – our groups have delivered joint exhibitions and events
  11. 11. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Network challenges • Not everything has been successful! – some groups fail, due to lack of members, problems with funding, dislike of software (although only examples pre-migration) – support from existing groups to new groups doesn’t succeed despite effort – e.g. Stilton – failure to incorporate Norfolk network, despite support from 2 CCAN Committee members – hard to incorporate ‘project’ groups, as falloff of activity once funding ends
  12. 12. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network The future • CCAN is now financially secure with new web provider and is attracting new groups – 32 groups (with potential for more) is strong basis for development with web provider – new committee member (from a new group) keen to develop ‘new business’, working with new communities to generate interest – addition of www.great-war.ccan.co.uk pages to support WW1 Centenary has generated new content – volunteer committee producing Newsletter to promote a ‘network identity’ for CCAN
  13. 13. Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network Any further queries please contact Steve Capes on 01223 713507 or by email at steve.capes@cambridgeshire.gov.u k
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