This week, 16th-20th November, is Explore Your Archive week! Explore Your Archive is a joint campaign by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association across the UK and Ireland and aims to showcase the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together, and tell amazing stories.
To celebrate this campaign, University of Glasgow Library heritage collections will be joining in so look out on social media channels for Archives (@UofGArchives), Special Collections (@UofGspcoll) , the University Digitisation Centre (@UofGDC) and the Library (@uofglibrary) to find out more about our fascinating collections and the exciting projects they have been used for. Each day this week there is a campaign theme so here is what you can look forward to:
Monday 16th: The theme is #explorearchives, a celebration of the richness and variety within archives. We will be sharing links to our various types of collections in the University Library, Archives and Special Collections so follow us to find out the astonishing variety of collections types on your doorstep!
Tuesday 17th: The theme is #archiveselfie and #archiveslive when we will be showing you some behind the scenes pictures from around the Library heritage departments.
Wednesday 18th: The theme is #yearinarchives, celebrating what has gone on in the sector over the past year. We will be sharing some additions to our Explore Your Archives poster collection that showcase a sample of the fantastic projects that have used our heritage collections over the year. Archive Services will also be celebrating our 60th birthday with the hashtag #UGAS60th.
Thursday 19th: The theme is #archivesrock, which celebrates the creative arts found within heritage collections and also creative projects inspired by historical records and volumes. We will be sharing all kinds of artistic and musical items from our collections while our cataloguer, Peter Morphew, also has some archive inspired work to share!
Friday 20th: Friday’s theme will probably be everyone’s favourite: #archiveanimals. This was very popular last year and we hope to flood twitter with animal antics from our collections once more.
Please join in too by letting us know if you have visited an archive or collection by using #explorearchives.