From the The National Archives (UK) Blog:
We’re embarking on an exciting new collection strategy this month, called Archiving the Arts. Our work on collection strategies generally is about identifying those areas of our society which need support to ensure that their archives survive and are accessible into the future. Those archives won’t usually come to The National Archives – very often they will be collected and held by a big range of archive services across the UK, keeping collections with relevant communities.
There can be many reasons why a collection strategy becomes essential – in the case of Archiving the Arts, it is a direct response to the needs of the arts community, who are increasingly interested in exploring a ‘second life’ for their archives and collections. They want to reuse and respond to evidence of their own artistic heritage.
This is a great opportunity for The National Archives and Arts Council England to bring their varied sector expertise to work together on a project of great importance to both organisations. The first stage is just getting underway: a survey of current practice among funders, collecting archives and arts practitioners. It aims to gather the views and capacity of those involved or potentially involved in archiving the arts. Survey responses will help us to plan at both a strategic and a practical level, from influencing future infrastructure to what training workshops might be most productive to help us archive the arts.