Presentations of SLMT Webinar Archives and Local Communities

Archives, perhaps most often locally or regionally based institutions, engage more and more in community activities. See in three presentations how different archives handle the challenges 

Dr. Marie-Claire Dangerfield (Information Specialist, Rotterdam City Archives, NL) ‘Creating Opportunities and Co-creation for Community Archives in Rotterdam’

To empower communities to start their archives journey, the Stadsarchief Rotterdam together with Rotterdam grassroots organization DIG IT UP developed a best practice focused on combining community groups and digital resources to create reproducible processes for community archives.
The goal of the practice is to provide the tools for collection creation in a way which is understandable and accessible for everyone.

Dr. Andrew Chernevych (Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) ‘Little Archive on the Prairie: Local Archives’ Survival Strategies in the Canadian West’

The Local Archives Project (LAP) explores local/territorial archives in Western Canada with focus on sustainability and community engagement. It is a series of case studies that examines challenges and best practices among local institutions with archival holdings. The study relies on qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews with local archivists.
The project focuses on applied aspects of archival work – from operational matters to public relations and strategic priorities. View the presentation here

David Taylor (Public Record Office Victoria’s, AUS) Small Investments with Big Impacts

We recognize the valuable contribution local communities make in preserving Victorian history. Each year, the Local History Grants Program provides small grants of up to A$15,000 for the preservation and sharing of Victorian history by community-based organizations interested in telling the stories from their own communities, preserving their collections, and increasing opportunities for the public to engage with the past. This is called the Victorian Community History Awards.