Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)

Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)

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  • Museums / heritage

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National - Britain


We help the general public have access to records and archives to enable openness and trust in public life. We are all affected by issues in recordkeeping –  poor recordkeeping has either led to injustice or the inability of inquiries or lawyers to find or produce records has led to delays (some ongoing) to justice and reparations. We accredit the training and provide continuing professional development to archivists, records managers and archive conservators. We campaign for better records legislation and a more representative workforce.


We provide independent accreditation of university course, provide our own training, publish magazines, a journal and guidance. We campaign and lobby for example our Campaign for Records- democracy and rights in the digital age seeks new legislation to ensure access to records across the public sector. We support initiatives to open the workforce to be more representative of society, We are the independent voice of the records sector

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