Applications are invited for 2021 Volunteering Award

The ARA seeks to celebrate the role of volunteers in supporting archiveservices, and to gather good practice case studies to inform the widersector.

A winning projectThe ARA Archive Volunteering Award 2021 is a key strand of the work of ARA’s Volunteering in Archives Action Plan, bringing to life the recommendations in the ARA’s ‘Managing Volunteering in Archives’ report. The award is also supported by The UK National Archives, the Welsh Government’s Culture and Sport division and the Scottish Council on Archives.

 The ARA Archive Volunteering Award 2021 will go ahead as in previous years and we hope it will be an opportunity to thank our volunteers for all their continued support and work over this very difficult time.

 This year, in particular, we welcome projects which demonstrate how archives have supported volunteers throughout the past year and have adapted projects to suit their circumstances – whether remotely or through new ways of working together… but apart.

 Winners will have a national platform to celebrate their volunteers’ contribution to the service and gain publicity for their archive’s role in supporting individuals and community through volunteering programmes.

 Please note that the timescale for applications has changed and the deadline date for 2021 will be 7th May 2021. Awards will be announced during Volunteers Week which this year runs from 1st-7th June.

 The 2020 ARA Archive Volunteering Award winner was West Yorkshire Archive Service’s Anne Lister Diary Digitisation and Transcription Project. The project was described as being “an excellent example of a remote volunteer project which enables both local and international engagement and which attracted an audience who may never have used archives before, as well as raising the profile of the archive service.”

 The award is open to archives across the UK and Ireland. Awards will be publicised widely throughout and beyond the sector.

 A short nomination form is available here and organisations may nominate projects or ongoing volunteer programmes which ran during 2020/2021.

 Nominations will be assessed against three key outcomes:

  • Impact on volunteers
  • Impact on service
  • Wider impact

 Completed nomination forms need to be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 7th May 2021.

 If you have any questions about the award, please contact Sally Bevan, Volunteering Awards Administrator, on 020 7332 3820 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.