‘Why Archives Matter’ a review

A guest blog by Dr. Alice Prochaska, co-chair of the 'Why Archives Matter' webinar and member of the BRA's Archives Advocacy Group The Shock of the Record:Archives and Truth webinar series addresses the world-wide crisis of misinformation in what we might term an era of ‘post truth’.  A recent article in the New York Times refers to ‘the babble of orchestrated mendacity.’ Cynicism about public sources of information is rife.  We need to know what we can trust, how to evaluate the information that is produced in a proliferating range of forms, from tradit...

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  The British Records Association (BRA) is delighted to announce that entry to the 2021 Janette Harley Prize is now open. The prize is intended to generate interest in archives, and raise awareness of research and achievements in the world of archives. The prizewinner in 2020 was Steven King, Professor of Economic and Social History at Nottingham Trent University, for his book Writing the Lives of the English Poor 1750s-1830s (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019). The closing date for entries to the 2021 Janette Harley Prize is 31 July (extended again ...

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Could you be the new BRA Treasurer?

The British Records Association is seeking an Honorary Treasurer to manage its financial affairs in line with good practice and relevant legal requirements. Anyone interested in applying should contact the BRA Chair, Mr Matti Watton ( by 3rd May 2021. Further details about the role can be found here: BRA Treasurer role description.

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