Why Archives Matter

Why Archives Matter





Explore why archives matter in this short film, kindly supported by the Archives & Records Association (UK and Ireland) Research, Development and Advocacy fund. The film was made by Amanda Rogers and Anni Asikainen, recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh MSc. film-making course.

SCA are holding three conferences to explore and emphasise why Archives Matter.  The first on Health, Wellbeing, Community, Young People took place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 in New Register House Edinburgh, and you can view the full programme here. The second event, on Heritage, Memory, and Identity, took place on 17 April 2019 at The Engine Shed, Stirling – a report on the day can be found here. The third event takes place on 24 March 2020 and focuses on why Records Management Matters.

The first event featured a range of presentations showing how archival material is used to assist the work of professionals and volunteers in the health sectors and to help engage with diverse communities, old and young.  This included a transformative archival adventure for people from Norfolk who live with mental health condition; combating dementia with screen and sporting memories; sharing stories of local communities through film, photography and oral histories; and encouraging young people to have a voice through connecting with people from the past.   The second event demonstrated how archives provide the material which gives Scotland its collective cultural heritage and sense of identity. The third edition will  emphasise the importance of good records management against a backdrop of the Scottish Child Abuse Enquiry and the Windrush scandal.