Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association

THE HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION AT 150

Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association (2020), 55, (2), 33–43.

Abstract

The 150th anniversary of the Historical Manuscripts Commission invites the opportunity for reflection on how the commission characterises and influences the development of the archives profession. This article considers archival practice as linked to the mood and character of a nation, in this case Britain. It uses the historiography of post-war identity building to begin to investigate and critique the British archives sector, and asks questions about the future of archives and archivists. The article is adapted from a keynote lecture at the HMC150 commemoration, 14 October 2019.

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Oke, Arike