COVID-19 Partnership

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11 May 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to continue innovating and engaging with archive users, but the sector faces many short and long-term challenges. In response to this, the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and The National Archives are working together to support the record-keeping sector in as many ways as possible.

As part of the annual grant to support the ARA's work, The National Archives has provided additional funding to help the ARA support those working and involved in the archive and record keeping sector through the extensive challenges that continue to emerge as a result of COVID-19.

The ARA will be setting up its ARA Together COVID-19 Support Hub and Online Community to provide advice, guidance, a listening ear and a place to share concerns, ideas and solutions around a variety of topics including business continuity, continued professional development and health and wellbeing.

Additionally, both partners are helping to fund the creation and launch of History Begins at Home – a social media and online initiative which aims to help family members connect through conversations about the past and to capture and share these conversations through a host of means online.

History Begins at Home is designed to positively help with people’s mental health and well-being during this period of isolation, encouraging people to think about the past within and beyond their families and to spark a new interest in history.

As we adjust to working from home, both The National Archives and the ARA have been running surveys to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on services. Many events are being converted to a webinar format, including The National Archives’ business continuity webinars, which have so far been well attended and led to discussions that we will explore further. Given the need to develop digital skills, The National Archives has also recently launched ‘Novice to Know-How’ with the Digital Preservation Coalition, allowing archive professionals to develop a proactive digital preservation workflow for their organisation.

If you have questions about any of these projects or the support available from The National Archives and the ARA, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

Press contacts

The National Archives: Jonathan Ladd, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Archives and Records Association: John Chambers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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