The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I), will launch the third annual Explore Your Archive week tomorrow (Wednesday 11 November) at Dublin City Library and Archives, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Senator David Norris, the campaign's ambassador, will officiate at the launch.
The campaign, which is run jointly with the Archives and Records Association in the UK (ARA), aims to increase awareness of the essential role of archives in society. Organisations participating in Explore Your Archive include local, business, university, military, specialist and national archives.
As part of Explore Your Archive week, archives services will open their vaults and display hundreds of unique collection items from Saturday 14 November until Sunday 22 November. Archivists, record managers and conservators will host talks, workshops, exhibitions and tours of their collections. (My weekly events listing will include many of the Explore Your Archives events in Ireland and Northern Ireland.)
The Explore Your Archive website will also feature ‘story boxes’, small online exhibitions on particular topics highlighting what researchers can discover in archive services.
More information on the Explore Your Archive 2015 campaign and full details on all events are at www.learnaboutarchives.ie.