Background to the Aviation and Aerospace Archives Initiative
Aviation and Aerospace Archives Initiative
Discussions between Alex Ritchie (The National Archives)
and Peter Elliott (RAF Museum) on developing a national
strategy for aviation archives…
Analogous to work being done to document Britain’s ship-
But with the added dimension of connecting with
contemporary aviation and aerospace business.
On the retirement of Alex and Peter, taken forward by The
National Archives and National Aerospace Library
Found great interest and enthusiasm to develop this
To map existing archive documentation of aviation and
aerospace research, development, manufacturing and
operation in the UK.
To identify significant gaps in existing documentation and
develop approaches to fill them.
To create new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.
To advise on good record-keeping practice appropriate to
the audience with a view to ensuring archive preservation
into the future.
To highlight and publicise resources available for research.
Enhanced knowledge of the archival record of aviation
Better record-keeping now and in the future
Identification of archives at risk and provision of support
Develop awareness of importance and potential value of
aviation archives and heritage amongst businesses.
Open up research possibilities by signposting archives
held in archives.
Create opportunities for academic partnerships.
Create a model for future output from mapping work.
Four general meetings
Email list: AVIATIONARCHIVES@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Conference – Aerospace Bristol, 12 February 2020
Survey Subcommittee - what is there?
Documentation Subcommittee – guidance and good practice