Session 6.8 - Accessibility by Design: How local SLMT archives can work in innovative ways alongside communities to provide access to archives

Date Added:

23 October 2019

Speakers from a variety of countries reveal ways in which traditional municipal archives have developed new archive programmes built around the aspirations and needs of communities in their cities and regions. The approaches reflect the need to avoid one size fits all, as each community has its own identity, and to build on the strengths of co-working, collaboration and cooperation. New ways of working through crowd-sourcing, providing development opportunities within communities for volunteers, facilitating access through guided learning, using a skills-based approach to build confidence around identity and ownership in the archives.

Tsari Anderson

Tsari Anderson is coordinator of the Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria. She has been involved with numerous projects and initiatives to raise the awareness and accessibility of archival records for Aboriginal communities in Victoria. She holds a masters degree in public history, and prior to joining PROV in 2009 has worked variously as a research assistant and professional historian within the university, government and cultural heritage sectors.

Soren Bitsch Christensen

Soren Bitsch Christensen is Secretary General of the ICA Section on Local Municipal and Territorial Archives (SLMT). City Archivist of Aarhus, Denmark. Vice-Chairman, Organisation of Danish Archives. Lecturer at the University of Aarhus in Urban History.


David Taylor

David Taylor is Assistant Director, Access Services at the Public Record Office Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.


Tim Harris

Tim Harris is Chair of the ICA Section of Local Municipal and Territorial Archives (SLMT) and a member of the ICA Expert Group on Archive Buildings and Environments. He is Assistant Director, London Metropolitan Archives and has over 30 years professional experience in City archives in London, UK. He is a former Secretary of the British Records Association and Captain of the Society of Archivists cricket team.