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'Explore Your Archives' campaign launched

A  new initiative was launched last week at The Houses of Parliament with a joint project by The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and The National Archives  to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have, every day, on individual lives. Clem Brohier, Acting Chief Executive of The National Archives, was joined by MPs, Lords, archivists, guests and campaign ambassadors at the parliamentary launch, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History. The campaign is aiming to encourage people to visit archives. So far,  hundreds of local, specialist and national archives across the UK and Ireland have been holding events, open days and exhibitions to showcase highlights from their collections. Caroline Williams, President of The Archives and Records Association remarked: "Public awareness of the role of archives is essential. Especially in the difficult times we find ourselves in. There are too many people who do not understand what an archive is or what an archivist does. We hope this campaign will bring many new people to an archive - in person or online." There's more details on the initiative at: http://www.exploreyourarchive.org/

Clem Brohier National Archives

Acting Chief Executive of The National Archives, Clem Brohier, introduces the new initiative

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