The National Archives is to take over responsibility for archives across England.
A National Archives webpage, launched today, gives detailed information and guidance for the archives sector and will evolve to meet the needs of the sector and reflect new ways of working.
Previously, responsibility for archiving in England rested with Museums, Libraries and Archives council (MLA).
The Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, commented on the transfer; “The National Archives plays a vitally important role by providing a gateway to our nation's rich and fascinating history. It is therefore ideally placed to take on this new leadership role, ensuring that more people are inspired and enthused by our diverse cultural heritage.”
In July, National Archives launched a web archiving model for local authorities. And Oliver Morley, chief executive and keeper, The National Archives, believes digital innovation and collaboration are essential in moving the sector forwards; “We must take the opportunity to rethink how we deliver archive services that still reach the people they serve and how we can demonstrate and celebrate our worth,” said Morley. “By working together we can identify and develop new ways of working and share best practice and innovation.”