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Andrew Payne, National Archieves

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Andrew Payne, National Archieves

  1. 1. The Essential Archive?Developing Audience Diversity at theUK National ArchivesAndrew PayneHead of Education & OutreachThe National Archives
  2. 2. Is this the most boring page on the World Wide Web?
  3. 3. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/our-role.htm
  4. 4. The National Archives is… Essential/Boring?• Government Department• Executive Agency• Ministry of Justice• Office of Public Sector Information• Her Majesty‟s Stationery Office• Historic Manuscripts Commissioner• Government‟s National Archive 13 Boring6
  5. 5. Is the world’s greatest archive really Boring 13 ?
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  7. 7. The National Archives’ Public TaskOur responsibility is for the government record, its past and future, its use and re-use, authentic, available and accessible to all9
  8. 8. Archives have the power to make us think!
  9. 9. Education & Outreach’s Public Task To make people say WOW! Hmmmm – this isn’t what I expected…11
  10. 10. How can we be Essentialand not simply Boring 13?
  11. 11. Step 1 – Build a Global Empire13
  12. 12. Step 2 – Photograph It “Governors to arrange for the taking of photographs of noteworthy buildings and scenery … together with individuals of various races peculiar to the colony.” Right Honourable 2nd Earl Granville Secretary of State for the Colonies 185914
  13. 13. Step 3 – Repeat Step 2 for 120 years to create35,000 images from around the globe15
  14. 14. Step 4 – Deposit in The National Archives16
  15. 15. Step 5 – Add to Flickr and issue a press releasewww.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/collections/72157632921688592/17
  16. 16. Africa Through a Lenswww.nationalarchives.gov.uk/africa18
  17. 17. Mass Media coverage in February 2011drove 750,000 views19
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  19. 19. Does a million viewson Flickr really make you Essential?
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  21. 21. How do you become really ‘Essential’?
  22. 22. The Essential Museum“If satisfying the user‟sinternalized questionsbecame the main missionof the museum, it mightthen become „essential‟.” Elaine Hermann Gurian The Essential Museum 200625
  23. 23. Caribbean Through a Lenswww.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean26
  24. 24. ‘A Characteristic Group’Bahamas, Nassau 1890 CO1069/234: 49
  25. 25. Georgetown Riots‘Procession of people demonstrating in High Street,Georgetown’.CO 1069/363/1&2
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  30. 30. Caribbean Through a Lenswww.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean33
  31. 31. St Mungo’s – Homeless Women’s Group34
  32. 32. Kingsway Project – Community Exhibition35
  33. 33. Cuming Museum – Intergenerational Project36
  34. 34. Haringey Project - Inspiring Caribbean Memories37
  35. 35. A step towards the Essential Archive?38
  36. 36. Andrew PayneHead of EducationThe National Archivesandrew.payne@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk020 8392 5319www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education

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