Welcome to the Archival research guide. This guide will:
Archives can be found all around the world. Explore this interactive map to see how you can find research and information from all around the world using archives.
Archives are not just places where documents or records are stored, they are witnesses to our history and places which tell stories.
In them we find evidence, explanation and justification not just for our past actions but for current and future decisions.They are unique and irreplaceable. Archives provide us with:
Archives reflect our attitudes at the time and must be viewed in the context of who created them and why. It is critical that care is taken to properly identify and provide access to archives so their roles can be fully realised to the benefit of our society (Adapted from the International Council of Archives 2016).
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Video length: 1 min. 37 sec
Archives are made up of primary sources of information, including:
|Certificates||Maps||Realia (clothing, toys etc)|
|Film||Newspapers & Magazines||Sound Recordings|
Items in archives are not necessarily 'old' but are unlikely to be used regularly. Ultimately, archives can have material that is in print, analog or digital form.
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Archives can come from a range of sources, including: