18th-26th November 2017: Explore Your Archive
Explore Your Archive is an annual campaign coordinated jointly by The National Archives (UK) and the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), with and on behalf of the archives and records sector, across the UK and Ireland. Every year, for a week, the archives sector highlights the importance of records in all aspects of our society, by organising talks, seminars, guided tours and other events.
The Linnean Society is participating in the campaign this year, and Library staff organised a guided tour focusing on the archival collections on 21 November. It included a visit of the Linnaean Collections in the Collections Store and a display of some of our wonderful archives, much to the visitors' delight.
The Linnean Society is also taking part in the Explore Your Archive Twitter campaign, highlighting some of its archives according to the campaign's daily hashtag. So far we've had #archivecatwalk, #ediblearchives and #hairyarchives - with more to come in the next few days. Explore Your Archive is a fun way to increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in our society, to celebrate our network of collections and emphasise the skills and professionalism of the sector. And for the Linnean Society, to show off some of its history and its treasures!
In December, researchers will be able to explore the Linnean Society's archives in much greater detail for the first time, with the launch of the Society's first online archive catalogue. So stay tuned!