Awards Categories

Community Archive and Heritage Awards 2018

For Awards 2018 there are four categories.  You may enter one or more categories but can only make one entry per category. Projects should have been active during 2016/17.  The categories are:

  1. Community Engagement
  2. Gathering Heritage
  3. Digital
  4. Best New Group

There is also an award for Best Community Archive and Heritage Group of 2018. This is an overall award and is sponsored by Sticks Research Agency. All entrants are automatically considered for this award. Sticks Research Agency was founded in 2000, and provides a range of research services, heritage consultancy and media support to organisations and private clients.

The CAHG awards were set up to promote best practice in community archiving. The Community Archives and Heritage Group website has guidelines for good practice for various fields of community archive activities.

For all categories the activity or project entered can be part of the day to day activity of the group or be a one off.  Entrants will be judged against the categories entered and evidence given; judges will refer to the group’s websites to ‘back up’ information on the form but not as the sole form of information.

Groups entering must be a ‘group’ not an individual.


General information for all entrants

The aim is to find groups that are either doing something really well and/or doing something special and/or have come up with a completely new idea or method. When filling in the entry forms please include information which, where appropriate, that includes:
  • General information about the group, the project’s aims and achievements
  • Specific supporting evidence for the category entered
  • Shows evidence of plans for long term sustainability or continuing access to the information at the end of the project.
  • Information about the delivery method
  • An understanding of the target audience
  • Consideration having been given to planning and good practice.
Judges will look at websites and social media as ‘back up’, taking particular note of aspects mentioned in the entry, but these should not be the sole form of information.
Specific spheres of activity for each category are shown below. In submissions groups are not necessarily expected to match all suggestions for a category. Additional information can be included if relevant to the entry.

1. Community Engagement

In this award, we’re looking for novel and successful ways of engaging communities with community archive collections. One of the core activities of community archives is to provide access to their collections via websites, exhibitions and books. Perhaps you’ve done something outstanding to engage the community? Maybe you’ve used an unusual technique, such as creating a wall mural or devising a play? Perhaps you’ve used more traditional methods, but you’ve been remarkably successful at reaching large numbers of people, or involving sectors of the community who aren’t usually interested in heritage?

This category is for a project or activity that

  1. Involves, interests and stimulates the community
  2. Involves a wide range of people in the community
  3. Includes activities or methods that may be novel
  4. Widens or inspires general interest in an object or collection or process of gathering information
  5. Stimulates and encourages others

2. Gathering and Preserving Heritage

In this award we’re focusing on the process of collecting heritage and preserving or stewarding heritage. Many community archive groups are motivated by the desire to record the past before it is lost and to keep it safe for the future. What have you added to your collection recently? Perhaps you’ve done a new oral history project, or acquired a fascinating new set of documents. Perhaps you’ve recorded an aspect of community life that has been neglected. Perhaps you’ve made a breakthrough in the way you look after your existing collection through a new catalogue or improvements in your approach to conservation. We’re looking for new ideas as well as examples of best practice that others can follow

For a project or activity that

  1. Makes a significant contribution to recording and preserving the heritage of your community
  2. Provides an example of a collecting method or an approach to preservation that others can follow
  3. Creates a collection that is of particular interest
  4. Uses novel ideas for collection or storage
  5. Inspires others to start gathering heritage items or information

3. Digital

Community archives increasingly need to have a digital presence and use digital technology to preserve and organise their collections. This award is for groups and projects that have been particularly successful or trail-blazing in their digital work, whether that means digitizing their collections, developing their website, or being active in social media outlets. We’re looking for exemplars of good practice in the digital world, as well as projects that are trying out new techniques and seizing the new opportunities that the digital world can offer.

For a project or activity that

  1. Has a successful digital presence – website or social media or both
  2. Uses novel or original digital techniques
  3. Provides examples that other community archives can follow
  4. Includes consideration of planning and long term sustainability

4. Best New Group

For a project or activity that was established after 1 January 2016

  • This can be a totally new idea or be similar to other projects but using new material
  • It might be an independent project set up within an existing project (in this case evidence to show clear independence from the parent/original project needs to be included).
  • Explains why the project is worthwhile and discusses plans for development
  • Includes evidence of aims, plans and consideration given to ‘good practice’ as the project is set up.
  • Shows what has already been done
This page was last updated on 31 January 2018.