Launch of 'Scotland's Archives Matter'
Released on 12/09/2011
Members of the Scottish Council on Archives' Management Committee with Fiona Hyslop, MSP, and George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland.
On 31 August Scotland’s Archives Matter, a publication by the Scottish Council on Archives, was officially launched by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. The reception at General Register House in Edinburgh was held in collaboration with the National Records of Scotland and coincided with the annual Archives and Records Association conference. The ARA’s theme this year was ‘Advocating for Archives and Records’ and as the lead advocacy body for archives and records management organisations in Scotland, the SCA is committed to developing a national strategy for those services and providing a consensus voice for the sector.
The reception was well attended, with the National Records of Scotland hosting delegates from the Conference. Guests were greeted at General Register House by a piper, and then escorted into the spectacular Adam Dome. A slideshow, complemented by postcards and other materials, showcased the rich diversity of archival collections across Scotland. In her speech, Ms Hysolp commented that “Scotland's Archives Matter offers a glimpse into the amazing range of archives held by an equally amazing range of bodies, large and small, across Scotland."
The Cabinet Secretary went on to officially launch the publication by stating that "archives are a shared inheritance and, in that sense, democratic. They are about the people and in a very special sense they belong to the people. They are our archives. They tell our stories. I am confident that Scotland's Archives Matter will help to deliver that message loud and clear.”