Archives Task Force Discussion Paper 2 (revised): Archives in the Twenty-First Century: issues

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Archives provide the bedrock for our understanding of the past, showing us - and future generations - how we came to be what we are as a nation, a community or an individual.

They are a window into the experiences that shaped their lives of our forebears. They are a national asset of manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, plans, sound and moving images, and digital records which constitute the primary record of our past, the very essence of our heritage.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has asked Resource to undertake a close and detailed investigation of UK archives, demonstrating how this unrivalled but often neglected national legacy can be turned more fully to advantage as a rich learning resource accessible to all, a means of reinforcing our sense of local and national community and the nation's personal, corporate and public memory.

- Archives: background
- Context of the Archives Task Force investigation
- Perceptions of archives
- Audiences and impact
- Issues to be addressed

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