The Archives & Records Association (UK & Ireland) seeks to ensurethat its membership, the holdings that archives acquire and manage, andthe users whom we serve reflect the diversity of our society.



  • Journal of the Society of Archivists - Volume 25, Issue 2, 2004

    Nicola Waddington: The employment of people with disabilities as archivists, records managers, conservators and assistants.

Archive work is often physically demanding and is not associated with being a practical career for people with disabilities. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), including the provisions for the employment of people with disabilities, has been in force since December 1996. This article therefore examines the liabilities and duties of all archive staff in the area of employment under the Act, looks at the motivators of change inside the structures within which many archives operate and examines some of the successes and failures of offices which already employ people with disabilities. Advice and ideas for ways forward in complying with this Act and opening up the profession for all are also included. The general aim of the article is to raise awareness and spread confidence but it is not intended as a definitive legal guide.

Read the full article here.

External websites

The Disability Portfolio, published by Resource, was designed as a collection of twelve guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries, giving advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice. Eleven of these guides are accessible below:

Please note that these guides were published between 2003 and 2004 and may not reflect current legislation.

In 2005, The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council produced this Disability Access Self-assessment Toolkit for Museums, Libraries and Archives .