3rd December 2018: Explore your Archives Week

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Explore Your Archive is a nationwide, sector-owned, outreach campaign that hopes to engage members of the public with the world of archives. The campaign began in 2013 and is jointly directed by The National Archives and the ARA (Archives and Records Association). Explore Your Archive is a year-round endeavour and this year, the launch week began on 17th November and ran through to 25th November.

During launch week, a set of daily hashtag themes for social media are provided by the campaign. In the seven years of the campaign, Twitter proved to be the most effective platform for achieving a wide and diverse audience. The Linnean Society took part via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Material was selected that was both a visually stimulating example of each day theme and representative of the historically diverse activities of the Society.

This year the hashtags were the following:

#musicarchives #religiousarchives #archiveanniversaries #hairyarchives #maritimearchives #diversityarchives #archiveanimals #sportingarchives #internationalarchives

Here is a selection of some of the most popular items we featured in the campaign:

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By Vida Milovanovic, Archivist