A voice of consensus on archive matters.

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About us

The Scottish Council on Archives is the lead body for the advocacy and development of archive services in Scotland.  We are committed to developing a national strategy to take the archival community in Scotland forward.

We are funded by the Scottish Government to represent and advise our members, and to provide a voice of consensus on all matters affecting the Scottish archives community. The Council comprises representation from local authorities, universities, health boards, national institutions, user groups and many others, and acts both as a strategic agency and a facilitator of activity on the ground.

We support historic archives in county record offices and elsewhere, modern records management and electronic document management services, community archives, and activities such as conservation and preservation, as well as digitisation and learning.  We also aim to promote archive services to the wider public by publicising initiatives such as the annual Archives Awareness Campaign.

Our Strategic Objectives 

  • to act as a focus for institutions and organisations concerned with the administration of archives in Scotland and to provide a forum for the exchange of views.
  • to provide a voice of consensus on archive matters and to bring to the attention of the public, government bodies and relevant institutions and organisations, issues of current concern in the field of archives.
  • to promote awareness of the unique contribution made by archives in preserving Scotland's cultural heritage and delivering democratic accountability.
  • to assess and identify the current and future funding requirements of the archive sector in Scotland.
  • to promote and support Scotland-wide initiatives within the archival community, and to facilitate dialogue and greater co-operation between repositories.
  • to promote and support collaborative working with professional colleagues in the museums and libraries sectors in Scotland.