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News August 2013

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Archives at Risk Seminar Note

We have pleasure in publishing the following Note of the proceedings of the well-attended Seminar on our Archives At Risk report, which took place at the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre on 8 May 2013. Although we have been as careful as we can to record both the general sense of, and the particular opinions expressed during, the afternoon as faithfully and accurately as possible, we acknowledge that recollections of what was said may differ. If anyone notices any inaccuracies or misattributions in the text, we shall be glad to hear from them, so that we can have the opportunity to correct any misunderstandings for which we might be responsible. The Chairman of the BRA would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended the seminar for their contributions to this most interesting and successful occasion. The BRA, of course, welcomes any constructive comment on this Note or its report on Archives at Risk.
To read the Seminar Note click here.

Archives at Risk Report

The Archives at Risk survey and report have now been published. The executive summary and findings are available here.
If you would like to read the full report it is available for download here.

Annual Report

The annual report of the associaton covering the period 01 Apr 2011 - 31 Mar 2012 is now available for download. Please note the annual report is currently pending approval by the AGM on 10 December 2012.

Volunteer Archivists needed

The BRA are looking for volunteer archivists to assist with the work of the Records Preservation Section. Further information on the role and how to apply is available here.

2013 Conference

The BRA Annual Conference 'On the map? Exploring British travel archive' will take place on Tuesday 3 December 2013 and will be hosted at the Bedford Corn Exchange. For further details click here.

BRA Newsletter

The Spring 2012 edition of the newsletter is now available and can be downloaded via the link on the right of the page.

Standing Order Forms

A new standing order form is now available for members who wish to pay their membership subscription via standing order. To download a copy of the form click here.

Annual Report 2011

The Annual Report for the financial year April 2010 - March 2011 is now available. If you would like to download a copy please click here.

New Archives and the User Series Publication

A new volume in the Archives and the User series titled 'Seals and Sealing Practices' has just been published.

Too often seals are overlooked as valuable sources for historians through lack of skill to understand and interpret them. The next 'Archives and the User' handbook seeks to address this, being an accesible guide, Dr Elizabeth New, to the creation, type, identification and use of seals from the middle ages through to the twentieth century. Digitial technology means that we will be able to use a greater number of images than before and it is envisaged that this work, will become an indispensible tool for all historians - professional and amateur. Click here to order your copy now

Notice of Intent to digitize back issues of Archives

The British Records Association hopes to make back issues of Archives available in electronic form.

The current procedure for publication in Archives requires authors assign copyright (for both print and electronic publication) to the British Records Association. This does not limit an author's ability to reuse material, but ensures that it is possible to protect copyright internationally. In the past copyright was not administered in this way, nor was permission sought to obtain electronic rights because electronic publishing was not envisaged. To identify and locate all the authors who have previously contributed to Archives and obtain their (or, in the case of deceased authors, their executor's) permission to republish their work electronically would be an enormous task and beyond the resources of the Association.

I take this opportunity therefore to notify authors of the proposed digitisation and to ask for any authors who object to let me know. In the absence of such objections I will assume that permission has been given; where objections are made I will omit the relevant work(s) from the scanned back archive.

I am anxious to ensure that this notice is disseminated as widely as possible.  Please draw it to the attention of any colleagues who may have published in Archives in the past.

Ruth Paley

Honorary Editor, Archives


The latest newsletter is available for download.

Archives at Risk

Download the executive summary or full report of the Archives at Risk survey


New Deposits

Find out what has been deposited recently

New Publications

A new publication in the Archives and the User series on Seals is due to be published in late 2009 .