How do you know where you come from? What informs your view about yourself, your family, your organisation, your region, your country? The answer is of course that it comes from memory, both of the individual and the society.
But what makes that memory? Well, there are a range of sources for memory that surround us all. Oral recollection, language, architecture, land marks - they all play their part. But there is one massive resource which most of us rely on to learn about the past, possibly without realising we are doing so. That resource is archives.