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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:

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: Hugh Petrie or Ruth MacLeod 

Shared catalogueAim25 provides electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of organisations within greater London. More than 133 organisations are currently members. Aim25 was set up primarily for discovery but is open to Google, standards development and discovery via UCLL tech support. It is compatible with Aixell and History Pin, and allows easy editing, maintenance and production of snapshot reports. It is easy to use and very flexible; you can manage your own collections, do global changes and share with the Archives Hub. Benefits include: increased exposure, links to other resources, evidence of hit rates to collection descriptions and support for forward planning. Several boroughs have expressed an interest in joining and we are exploring ways to upgrade Aim25’s systems to enable it to function as a front end catalogue for London boroughs. Contact: Tina Morton

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

  • ancestral tourism
  • college and universities
  • London curriculum
  • digital capture
  • procurement
  • benchmarking.

Contact: Tina Morton