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Licensed Internet Associateship (LIA) programme - Launch of new package.

School records in England before 1914: pilot national digitisation consortium

The Archives and Records Association is working in conjunction with The National Archives and are delighted to offer this opportunity to partner more than 90 regional archives in digitising over 900 volumes of school registers for the period before 1914 in England.

The complete package comprises approximately 500,000 images encompassing more than 8 million named individuals. This is the National Consortium Schools Registers

Using the National Archives' successful Licensed Internet Associateship (LIA) programme template the Archives and Records Association (UK) is currently inviting proposals for the first national commercial digitisation consortium opportunity for the following record series. Find out more by following the links from this page for each of the English regions below.


East Midlands



North East

North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and Humber


The nine regions within England taking part in this consortium have each identified a regional scanning centre where all documents within that region can be sent to be digitised. We plan to hold a series of 'supplier meetings' at two of these regional scanning centres in order to give interested parties the opportunity to spend time at the archive looking at the records in more detail, talking to expert curatorial staff and refining their proposal. This also represents your opportunity to perform your own evaluation and due diligence on the information we have supplied to you during the process. 

We intend to hold Supplier session days for the National Consortium Schools Registers at two different locations. The two supplier days will be held at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and the Greater Manchester County Record Office and have been scheduled for Tuesday 7th June 2011 in Wiltshire and Thursday 9th June in Manchester. They are available on a first come first served basis. If you think you would like to take up this opportunity please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Archives will be co-ordinating the Supplier days and to find out more about the the Licensed Internet Associateship programme please visit 

Once the proposals have been submitted, by 5th July 2011, we envisage holding any clarification meetings during July before making a decision about the successful bidder in mid August.

If you are interested in this package we would request that you email us an expression of interest to the address below by 16th May 2011. Should you have any questions in connection with this opportunity please contact the LIA team on +44 (0) 20 8392 5330 extension 2002 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.