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A presentation by Jack Latimer, director or CommunitySites, covering trends and issues in community archives in 2011 given at the Community Archives and Heritage Conference, London, June 2011

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    1. 1. TRENDS AND ISSUES<br />JACK LATIMER<br />Community archivesin 2011<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />In a moment of madness....<br />...I agreed to find out...<br />Image by gerlos on Flickr<br />
    3. 3. What are the trends and issues in 2011?<br />Money<br />Developments in funding? Impact of local authority cuts?<br />Politics<br />How are community archives being affected by Big Society, if at all? By localism? <br />Technology<br />What advances in technology are relevant to community archives?<br />Archival techniques<br />Are there new ways to care for or share archives?<br />
    4. 4. So I talked to...<br />Jill Barber, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Services<br />Danny Birchall, Wellcome Trust<br />Stuart Bligh, Kent Archives and Local History<br />Sam Collenette, Warwickshire County Record Office<br />John Chambers, ARA<br />Judith Chambers, CCAN<br />Andrew Flinn, University College, London<br />David Govier, Greater Manchester County Record Office <br />Julia Holberry, Julia Holberry Associates<br />Fiona Talbott, Heritage Lottery Fund<br />Kate Lindsay, RunCoCo project <br />Kate Maisey, Gloucestershire Archives<br />Fiona Marshall, digital consultant<br />Jon Newman, Lambeth Archives<br />Chris Pickford<br />Nick Poole, Collections Trust<br />Louise Ray, National Archives<br />Caroline Reed, Museum and Heritage Consultant <br />Isobel Siddons, MLA<br />Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, archives consultant<br />Cathy Williams, National Archive<br />
    5. 5. And I contacted...<br />Some – not all! - of the estimated 3,000 community archives round the country...<br />
    6. 6. ...and you can feed in your own comments...<br />www.communityarchives.org.uk/myarchive2011<br />
    7. 7. And these are the headlines...<br />
    8. 8. MONEY IN 2011<br />The Heritage Lottery fund is buoyant...<br />
    9. 9. The Heritage Lottery fund is buoyant...<br />Funds bouncing back after the Olympics <br />Increased proportion of funds going to community heritage projects<br />HLF is considering funding digital-only projects<br />Fiona Talbott is here to talk to us<br />MONEY IN 2011<br />
    10. 10. MONEY IN 2011<br />Local authority cuts are hurting community archives...<br />
    11. 11. MONEY IN 2011<br />“Just last week I was told by our local district council that as of 2013 they are withdrawing the discretionary element of our business rates relief...we will need to find another £250 - £300 each year.” <br />Bernard Cadogan, Friends of the Cardall Collection<br />Local authority cuts are hurting community archives...<br />
    12. 12. MONEY IN 2011<br />“Government funding has been cut back for so called peripheral activities – e.g. support for out of school teaching/activities – which has considerably reduced our income, and means we are having to...cut back on our activities...” <br />Jean Baker, Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust<br />Local authority cuts are hurting community archives...<br />
    13. 13. MONEY IN 2011<br />“We need occasional grants for equipment and acquisition of relevant historical material and with cut backs in local authority funding we anticipate that this is going to be more difficult in the future.”<br />Peter Mason, Lustleigh Community Archive<br />Local authority cuts are hurting community archives...<br />
    14. 14. POLITICS IN 2011<br />Community archives help protect library and archives services from cuts...<br />www.hertsmemories.org.uk<br />
    15. 15. POLITICS IN 2011<br />“In terms of advocacy and support for the service - it's a really strong point....we can show we are helping give local communities a voice...” <br />Jill Barber, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Services<br />Community archives help protect library and archives services from cuts...<br />
    16. 16. POLITICS IN 2011<br />“Volunteering has a massive profile in the authority - our work in that direction has helped save us...” <br />Kate Maisey, Gloucestershire Archives<br />Community archives help protect library and archives services from cuts...<br />
    17. 17. POLITICS IN 2011<br />Community archives protect record offices from cuts...<br />A decision to close Brighton History Centre was reversed by the Council following a local campaign in which My Brighton and Hove played a key part<br />
    18. 18. TREND IN 2011<br />Community archives come of age...<br />www.mardenhistory.org.uk<br />
    19. 19. TREND IN 2011<br />“Community archives...are much more savvy and technically literate... In the past, we had a reputation of saying - we're the professionals - now they're better set up, we have more confidence in them...” <br />Stuart Bligh, Kent Archives<br />Community archives come of age...<br />
    20. 20. TREND IN 2011<br />“Things have changed enormously over the last 10 years – moved away from suspicion of groups - realised many community groups have the expertise and enthusiasm and we don't have the resources to do it ourselves...” <br />Kate Maisey, Gloucestershire Archives<br />Community archives come of age...<br />
    21. 21. TREND IN 2011<br />“Professional archivists are moving from being practitioners to expert advisors.” <br />Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, archives consultant<br />Community archives come of age...<br />
    22. 22. TECHNOLOGY IN 2011<br />Get ready for mobile technology...<br />Image by Jamie Cascio<br />
    23. 23. TECHNOLOGY IN 2011<br />Within a few years, content will be delivered via mobile devices based on your geographical location<br />Think of the potential for community archives... <br />Cheap, easy-to-use applications are still some way off <br />But we can get ready by geo-tagging our collections...<br />And here are some applications you could investigate now...particularly those that can be embedded in your own websites...<br />Get ready for mobile technology...<br />
    24. 24. www.scvngr.com<br />
    25. 25. www.historypin.com<br />
    26. 26. http://recollection.zepheira.com/<br />
    27. 27. ARCHIVAL TECHNIQUES IN 2011<br />The challenge of digital preservation<br />Original equipment for the BBC Domesday projectPhoto from Wikipedia<br />
    28. 28. Funders are concerned with sustainability – but there’s no funding for it<br />Many record offices aren’t that far ahead of community archives<br />Will cloud storage help?<br />Will the internet corporations help by riding to the rescue of personal archives?<br />Will CAHG help?<br />ARCHIVAL TECHNIQUES IN 2011<br />The challenge of digital preservation<br />
    29. 29. And finally...in other news...<br />For online sales...<br />Check out Google Paypal micropayments<br />For licensing content for the internet...<br />Look at the Creative Archives Licence<br />http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/CreativeArchive<br />For appealing for volunteers...<br />The government is backing this site...<br />http://www.do-it.org.uk<br />For crowd-sourcing transcription<br />Look at ‘What’s on the menu?’ by the New York Libary Service<br />http://menus.nypl.org/<br />
    30. 30. “Collectively, volunteers have typed in 65,182 dishes from 887 menus since the site went up last Monday.”<br />http://menus.nypl.org/<br />
    31. 31. THANK YOU<br />Jack LatimerFreelance consultant andDirector of CommunitySitesAward-winning websites and catalogues for community heritage projects<br />jack@communitysites.co.uk<br />

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