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Considering a new heritage project?

The new Past Forward service

If you are embarking on a project where you are working with historic documents, photographs, film or sound recordings, oral histories or similar, professional archive services offer a wide range of support.

A new service

The new Past Forward service is an initiative from the East of England Regional Archive Council, which aims to highlight the professional services available from many record offices and archive services.

The services essentially break down into three areas:

  • Plan – supporting you with essential budgeting considerations, particularly important during the planning and grant funding application stage of your project.
  • Deliver – from project and archival research to collection, policy, strategy and documentation development, cataloguing, conservation, packaging and storage, digital collecting, gathering oral histories and depositing archives.
  • Engage – a variety of services to help project leads develop ways to engage with the public; from events and celebrations, to book publication, to the creation of exhibitions and websites; help open up projects for the enjoyment and appreciation of others.

A wide range of projects

There is a wide range of projects using professional archive services. Take a look at a few examples here to explore the art of the possible and gather ideas.

Archive services participating in the Past Forward initiative can be found here. Do get in touch with them to discuss your project.

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