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Managing small archive collections

Many community based organisation across Victoria care for and provide access to records that provide insight into the history of our state, its people and the events that have shaped it.  The groups that are collecting this material are often small volunteer run organisations with limited resources, including historical societies, sporting clubs, community museums and charities.  Through these training materials, we hope to provide valuable information that can help these community collecting groups better manage and care for their collections and contribute in a small way to the amazing work these groups are doing in maintaining our state’s cultural heritage.

Topics covered

  1. What are Archives?
  2. Developing an Archives Policy – what are we collecting and why?
  3. Acquisition – how to develop my collection
  4. Documenting my Collection – arrangement and description
  5. Access and Copyright
  6. Preservation and Conservation – caring for your collection
  7. Just digitise it – digitising your collection

The following training materials have been developed by Bruce Smith, Archive Research Consultancy behalf of Public Record Office Victoria.

Public Record Office Victoria acknowledges the assistance of the Community Heritage Grants in funding the development of these materials. Community Heritage Grants are jointly funded and supported by the National Library of Australia,  the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Check our What’s On events calendar for in-person training sessions scheduled for 2017. 


Koorie Archival Support Program

Research seminars

Recordkeeping training

Our Events calendar lists these and other training opportunities.

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