Archive Pace Setter Scheme

This exciting new scheme for archives across the UK, aimed at highlightinginnovation in the sector,  was launched in October 2009 by the NationalCouncil on Archives.

Archive Pace Setter scheme

The Archive Pace Setter scheme is led by the NCA's successor body, the Archives and Records Association in partnership with a range of strategic bodies working with the archive sector including the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, The National Archives, the Scottish Council on Archives, and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Within the scheme, which runs from October 2009 to April 2013, we are looking for a range of archive services, both big and small, and from all parts of the archive sector, to showcase how they are developing new working practice within their organisations through project-working. These projects will have use of the prestigious Archive Pace Setter brand.

It is expected that Archive Pace Setter projects will have a range of aims and proposed outcomes reflecting the multiplicity of opportunities within archives to improve and develop service delivery, both in terms of access and collections management and care.

 What will define these projects as Archive Pace Setters will be:

  • They will all demonstrate innovative practice within their own organisation
  • They will all demonstrate how project work can support the delivery of strategic developments within their organisation
  • They will all have clear project plans in place in advance of project delivery
  • They will all have clear evaluation plans that include opportunities for staff within the organisation to reflect on their working practice, as well as monitor the success of the project in meeting its aims

At a national level the projects involved in the scheme will be used to promote good practice in archives as part of wider workforce development and advocacy strategies. Archive Pace Setters will be a key mechanism for demonstrating the sector’s own capacity to engage directly with the Government Policy on Archives and to illustrate the sector’s tenacity and commitment to continue improving services through financially difficult times.


Benefits for participants


  • Organisations will be able to use the brand to demonstrate sectoral support for their project when approaching external funders
  • Organisations will be able to use the brand to promote their service and undertake advocacy work at local, regional, national and international level

Workforce Development

  • Organisations will benefit from being part of a national programme with networking and learning opportunities
  • Organisations will be able to identify individuals to become part of a wider programme of developing mentors within the archive sector

The Archive Pace Setter programme will close in March 2013. Final applications must be submitted by the end of September 2012. A full evaluation of the programme will be made available in Summer 2013 and this will feed into the future work of the Archives and Records Association and other strategic partners involved in the programme.

Would you like to know more about this scheme?

Take a look at those now running for Pace Setter awards.