Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and The National Archives (TNA) have jointly commissioned the production of a guide to collaboration between the archive and higher education (HE) sectors.

The guide will cover:

  • The mechanics of partnership formation
  • Sustaining collaborations
  • An overview of HE funding opportunities
  • A glossary of key academic terms and explanation of academic drivers and KPIs

The guide will bring together examples of collaboration (teaching, research, outreach and engagement, corporate priority agendas of universities) and share the experience of those who have been involved in building and sustaining partnerships. It will be practical, easy to implement and encouraging.

Information is being collected through telephone interviews, an online form, focus groups and the project wiki. For further information about the project please visit To contribute resources, links and case study information please visit the wiki.

The research and production of the guide is being carried out by Caroline Peach of Preservation Matters Ltd. Dr. Thomas White (TNA) is the project lead, with additional support provided by Dr. Matt Greenhall (TNA) and Dr. Mike Mertens (RLUK), and an advisory group drawn from the archive and higher education sectors.

Further information:

Preservation Matters Ltd provides research and consultancy services to support the long-term use of library and archive collections, for further information visit

Research Libraries UK is a consortium of 34 of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, including the three UK national libraries. Founded more than 25 years ago, RLUK has directly and indirectly sponsored some of the major free online UK resources in support of research, including Copac, the de facto UK Union Catalogue. RLUK’s mission is to work with their members and partners, nationally and internationally, to shape and to realise the vision of the modern research library

For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5

Top image courtesy of Durham University Library