Encouraging schools to engage with archives
This workshop took place at the DCDC14 Conference and was delivered by Sarah Price, Head of Heritage Collections Engagement Team at Durham University Library.
One of the greatest challenges in encouraging users to discover and use archives is that people come to it relatively late in life, either as a student or as a researcher. This can result in self-imposed barriers being put in place that discourage users to explore the potential of archives. Much work has been done in encouraging younger users to use archival and library material through the creation of education officers to work with schools in many organisations but much remains to be done. This interactive workshop considers the challenges and focuses on tested methods of successful engagement.