Other Useful Publications



  • British Archives - The Way Forward (NCA 2000)

This document was prepared in 1999 by the National Council on Archives as a contribution to the shaping of the agenda for the development of U.K. archive services during the five years, 1999-2004. The hope in producing it was that, in building upon recent work by the archive profession in analysing its present position and future goals, it would:

  • sharpen priorities within the archival world;
  • clarify our major concerns and problems to related professions and agencies;
  • assist potential resource providers to adjudicate between the hard choices that are inevitable in a climate of limited availability;
  • encourage debate and further, more detailed work on resolving issues and shortcomings;

pdf British Archives the way forward -  111.53 Kb


  • Changing the future of our past (NCA 2002)

In 2002, archive services in the UK stood at a crossroads in their development. Surveys had made it clearer than ever before the deficiencies of existing provision, and the growing needs of services if they were to meet the needs of their stakeholders.  The National Council on Archives produced this book to encourage the reader to share the task of changing the future of our past. 

pdf Changing the future of our past -  813.80 Kb


  • Listening to our Past, Speaking to the Future - (MLA 2004)

Proposed in the report are new ways for users to access archive content.  The aim is to unlock our vast archival heritage and also to demonstrate how the archive domain can support specific public service targets through social, educational and economic impact. At a time of pressure on public expenditure, long-term sustainability will come from engaging as many people as possible with the archival heritage whether for leisure, learning, personal development, business or community involvement.

he Task Force explored the condition of the nation's archival collections, their use and scope and their preparedness to respond to the growing importance of public accountability, burgeoning digital media and the rapidly growing number of people exploring their family histories and identities, many of them from outside the UK.

pdf Listening to our Past Report -  2.93 Mb

  • Interoperability Protocol - (NCA November 2003)

    The NCA has advocated the development of a UK Archival Network, comprised of internet resources or strands having a common data structure, which aims ultimately to be searchable through a single interface. The aim of this protocol is to facilitate interoperability between these strands of the archival network in the UK.

pdf National Council on Archives Interoperability Working Group (2003) Interoperability Protocol - 252.71 Kb

  • NCA Archives On-Line: The Establishment of a United Kingdom Archival Network - (NCA 1998)

This report was the first step towards a UK archival network, and is therefore able only to approach the concept at a very general level; section 7 sets out the next steps the Council believes at that time should be taken.

pdf National Council on Archives. (1998). Archives On-Line: The Establishment of a United Kingdom Archival Network. - 377.78 Kb


  • NCA Rules - Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names (1997)

These Rules are designed for the consistent construction of proper names in the description, cataloguing and indexing of British archives. 

pdf NCA Naming Rules -  752.39 Kb


  • Our Past, Your Future, Local Government Archives (2009)

All over England, people are enjoying archives.This leaflet aims to help elected members and non-specialist staff in local authorities to capitalise
on their archival assets. It highlights the ways that archives can enrich the lives of local residents, and how archivists are already developing exciting new
ways to help people use them.

pdf Our past, Your future - Local Government Archives 1.29 Mb


  • PSQG National Survey of Visitors Reports

The Public Services Quality Group for archives and local studies (PSQG) conducts a survey of visitors to UK archives every eighteen months.

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2002 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2004 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2006 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2007 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2009 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2011, including comparative report 2007-2011 

pdf National Survey of Visitors 2012, including comparative report 2007-2012 

pdf National Survey of Visitors Headline Report 2014

excel button National Survey of Visitors Benchmarking Report 2014 

pdf National Survey of Visitors Headline Report 2016

excel button National Survey of Visitors Benchmarking Report 2016


  •  PSQG Distance Enquiry Services Survey   

A survey of distance users of enquiry services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Headline Report 2013              

Benchmark results 2013

Headline Report 2015

Benchmark results 2015


  • PSQG: Towards Generic and Universal PIs for Archives (2003)

Phase 1: Performance Indicators for Access and Usage. These measures are set out in more detail than is required for the Audit Commission (AC) template, but some of the information will be transferable to the ACPI Library format when the measures are developed into indicators.

pdf Performance Indicators for Access and Usage -  337.19 Kb


  • PSQG Standard for Access to Archives 

The Standard for Access to Archives was first published in 1999 as a consultation document. The 2008 edition has been edited and compacted down to ensure that the elements that make up the Standard are clearly defined.  This Standard is intended to guide archive services in the management of access and may also be used by archive services, users and third parties as a means of assessing the quality of a service.

pdf PSQG Standard for Access to Archives 2008 -  360.38 Kb

doc PSQG Standard for Access Action Plan Template 86.00 Kb


  • Taking Part - An audit of social inclusion work in archives (2001)

The first ever survey of the extent of social inclusion work in archives.

pdf Taking Part 2001 (An Audit Report) -  1.85 Mb


  •  Your Data At Risk - Why you should be worried about preserving electronic records.

This report aims to provide, in layman's terms:

• A clear guide to what digital preservation is
• A clear and simple description of the issues surrounding digital preservation
• A demystification of the idea that the challenges and solutions are purely technological rather than being about strategies and processes developed by people
• Recommendations for action by the intended audiences
• Sources of further advice.

pdf Your Data At Risk (NCA Sept 2005) -  381.00 Kb