Community Archive and Heritage Group Newsletter, supporting and promoting community archives in the UK and Ireland 

Community Archive 
and Heritage Group 

August 2013


Welcome to the Community Archives and Heritage Group newsletter, supporting and promoting community archives in the UK and Ireland.

In this edition;
Report on our 7th annual conference
Winners of the Community Archives and Heritage Group Awards 2012
Notice of our next Regional Event
From the Archives! Recent activity on

Featured Archive

If you have any comments on the newsletter, questions or would like to submit information about your group for inclusion in the next newsletter please contac
Elaine Davis

7th Annual Conference 

The Community Archives & Heritage Group Seventh Annual Conference was held on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at the University College London, Department of Information Studies, our co-host.
The theme this year was Industrial Heritage and over 100 delegates gathered to hear key note speaker Tristram Hunt MP and presentations which included the Thames Discovery Programme and the Pioneer Sailing Trust.
 A full report will appear on the website shortly.
Award Winners Announced at the Seventh Annual Conference 2013

A heritage archive organisation founded and run by two teenage boys from Canvey Island, Essex, was named ‘Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year’ at the Annual Conference. 

Liam Heatherson and Joe Mander, both 16 years of age, won the award for their website ‘Beyond the Point’ which documents historic locations in South East Essex and ‘presents a new perspective of history, especially to younger people’. Liam and Joe won the category ‘Best Online Community Archive’ as well as scooping the overall ‘Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year’ award.

There were 35 submissions to the Community Archive and Heritage Awards for work done in 2012, the second year of these national awards. The judges said: ‘the vast majority of the submissions were a pleasure to read and of a very high quality’. 
There were four category winners: 

Winner of the ‘Best Online’ Community Archive and Heritage Group was Beyond the Point, which was also awarded overall Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year

Winner of the ‘Most Innovative’ Community Archive and Heritage Group was Six Streets Derby

Winner of the ‘Best New’ Community Archive and Heritage Group was St Margaret’s History Society Archive Group 

Winner of the ‘Most Inspirational’ Community Archive and Heritage Group was Ryde Social Heritage Group

More information on the winners can be found on the website

Congratulations to all the winners

Regional Event 

The Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter will be the venue for the next Community Archives & Heritage Group regional event. The event will take place Monday 21st October, 2013.
Delegates will be able to hear about funding opportunities for groups from Kelly Spry-Phare, Heritage Lottery Fund and how to generate an income through publishing from Janet Axten, St Ives Archives.
There will also be a presentation from Pride in Our Past, Plymouth, Winner of the ‘Most Inspirational Archive’, CAHG Awards, 2012.
A draft programme and booking form can be found on the website.  

From the Archives 

Recent activity on 

A look at some of the new additions to the pages of the website, highlighting the multiplicity of community archives. 

Assynt Community Digital Archive,
Set up as part of a wider 2009 community project, The Archive provides long term digital storage facilities of historical and contemporary information to community groups and individuals in Assynt.

Read more about it on the website

Spirit of Revolt
The Spirit of Revolt Archive is dedicated to collecting, managing and preserving multi-media records from Glasgow’s and Clydeside’s anarchist and libertarian-socialist movements. It is largely run by volunteers. It was constituted in August 2011 and today forms part of Glasgow City Archives’ collection whilst maintaining its organisational independence. Its catalogue will join the National Records of Scotland soon. The archive derives its name from the title of a 1880 pamphlet by the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin

read more on the website 

Mount Blair Community Archive
Glenshee & Strathardle, Perthshire
The Mount Blair Community Archive (MBCA) is a project that began in February 2013. Their aim is to establish an archival resource which will help encourage and facilitate learning and appreciation of the local heritage by all sections of the community, and will ensure that historical materials are preserved for future generations.

read more about the project on the website 

Featured Archive

We feel it is important to highlight the work of groups around the UK showing the diversity and impact of Community Archives 

Our current featured archive/project is ……

Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes

This project is exploring the  social and cultural change within women’s rights today, by engaging diverse communities of young women to explore ideas about voting and politics. The entire process, including all activities and workshops, is being visually documented and materials will be donated to Birmingham's new library as a heritage learning resource.

Visit there page on the website 

Don’t forget! 

The strength of the community archives website is that it provides Information and contact details for a wide variety of groups. Therefore if you have added a page for your group on the site don’t forget to keep it updated! 
If you have forgotten your login details please contact Elaine Davis
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