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London Archives Partnership

  • By London Councils

The London Archives Partnership (LAP) was formed to coordinate projects between local authority archive services that promote the value of archives whilst ensuring an efficient, cost effective approach to service delivery.

The partnership is open to all of London’s local authority archive services, with representatives invited to join the steering group.

LAP Board members are:

Network Meetings

Network meetings enable paid employees working in archives to meet regularly to discuss: developments in the profession, news from the sector and the potential for collaborative projects. Recent topics for discussion have included: Archive Service Accreditation, Fundraising for Archives, Legal records at risk, benchmarking, implementing the non-propriety archive catalogue software AtoM, and the future of Archives in London.

Opportunities for Cooperation

Shared image portal:  Several boroughs are working with Max Communications on a shared London Archive Photos portal. After a one-off upfront charge, any income generated from the sale of photos is shared between Max Communications and the borough. The deal includes the option to pay off the upfront cost as you earn. The portal includes an interactive Google map and simple search engine to search by title, street, postcode, decade and theme. A minimum of 500 images per service is required, with no upper limit. Contact: Simon McKeon 

London Boroughs 50th anniversary: LAP worked collaboratively with London Councils and London Archive Services to co-ordinate the celebratory activities for the 50th anniversary (1965-2015) of the London Boroughs. The resources generated are available here including the film, almanac, photo gallery and histories. 

London Archives Digital Discovery:: The need to develop online access was initially identified in a LAP scoping study, undertaken by Tina Morton, then TNA London Engagement Manager, and through practitioner consultation. The study revealed that set against the national picture, London borough archives have not been in the forefront of developing online services. The survey highlighted the paucity of London archive services’ online presence. In order to address this LAP will be submitting a pre-application to the HLF (with the aim of submitting a full in 2017/18) to fund a phased project to produce a London wide collection level archive catalogue portal using AtoM. It is envisaged that the project will work with an initial cohort of 6 Local Authority Archives from across London, at different stages of readiness for digital discovery. The project will use the LAP network to provide mutual support across the boroughs, supporting needs and building resilience both through digital access and the upskilling of staff and volunteers. Contact: Tina Morton.

A London-wide approach to data collection and benchmarking: a pilot project to kick-start a London-wide approach to data collection and benchmarking. The ARA national visitor survey is extremely useful for forward planning and as core data alongside the CIPFA statistics. It supports work around engagement, and evidences the value of services which can be used in a variety of ways - the key amongst those being: advocacy and making the case, Archive Service Accreditation and funding bids e.g. to the HLF. In London, the ambition is to make this core data the basis for regional improvement and be vital in evidencing risk to engagement work. Aggregating data on a regional basis provides a resource that is much more statistically viable than is the case if assesed individually.

Other opportunities:  LAP is also interested in developing projects around:

  • Ancestral tourism
  • Joint working the London Museum Development team
  • Colleges and universities
  • The GLA’s London Curriculum
  • Digital capture

Contact: Owen Munday