Volunteering: Reports and Case Studies

This page contains evidence, guidance and links to online resources thatcan support volunteer management in archives and records-managementservices


Read The Impact of Volunteering in Archives (published March 2018)

Read Metrics for Volunteering in Archives, Recommendations from the ARA Volunteering Committee (published January 2016)

Read Williams, C. Volunteering in Archives 2014 (published February 2015)

Read Executive Summary of Managing Volunteering in Archives (published January 2014)

Read Full Report of Managing Volunteering in Archives (published January 2014)


Read the ARA News Release about Volunteering in Archives 2014 here.

Read the ARA News Release about Managing Volunteering in Archives here.


Lindsay, H. Volunteering in Collections Care: Research Report, Archives & Records Association, 2011. Read Report here.


Ray, L. Volunteering in Archives, National Council on Archives 2009. Read Report here.  



Volunteering in Collections Care: Best Practice Guidance, Archives & Records Association, 2011. Available here.



Many services have kindly shared their experiences of Volunteering through their submissions to the ARA Volunteering Annual Award. Read submissions for the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Volunteering Awards here.


Case Studies:

The following case studies are available for 2017:


The following case studies are available in Volunteering in Collections Care: Research Report, 2011:

  • Bedfordshire & Luton Archives Service
  • University Archives and Special Collections Centre, University of the Arts, London
  • Shropshire Archives
  • Plymouth & West Devon Record Office
  • Wolverhampton City Archives
  • University College London (UCL) Special Collections Library
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Westminster City Archives
  • Norfolk Record Office
  • Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University


The following case studies are available in Volunteering in Archives, 2009

  • Hampshire Record Office - Formalising Volunteering policies and practices
  • Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre, (Bexley Library Service) - Supporting Family History Research
  • Bury Archives Service - Encouraging return to work
  • Flintshire Record Office - Working with partner organisations to deliver volunteering opportunities
  • Worcestershire Record Office - Youth Volunteering
  • University of Reading Museums and Special Collections Service - Student volunteer work with archives
  • The Ballast Trust - Bringing in specialist expertise
  • Gloucestershire Archives (in partnership with the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives and The National Archives (A2A) - Remote Volunteering
  • Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service - Project Specific Volunteering
  • Devon Record Office - Project Specific Volunteering



Compact- www.compact.org.uk

Directory of Social Change - www.dsc.org.uk

Institute of Volunteering Research - http://www.ivr.org.uk/

Investing in Volunteers - www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action - www.navca.org.uk

Queens Award for Voluntary Service - https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service

Volunteer Development Agency (Northern Ireland) - http://www.volunteering-ni.org/

Volunteer Development Scotland - http://www.vds.org.uk/

Volunteer Ireland - http://www.volunteer.ie/

Volunteering England - http://www.volunteering.org.uk/

Wales Council for Voluntary Action - http://www.wcva.org.uk/