Module Identifier IL34320  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Miss Jennie A Hill  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Miss Hannah E G Payne, Ms Tanya C Rogers, Dr Sarah J Horton, Mr John Nelson  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours.  
  Practical   Visit to local Archive Service  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment ONE ESSAY( 2,000 - 2,500 WORDS)  50%
Semester Assessment ONE REPORT /WRITTEN PRESENTATION ( EQUIVALENT 2,000- 2,500)  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify and explain best practice in repository and collection management, public service delivery, and access.

Brief description

The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature of archival material and a broad introduction to the management of archives; the emphasis is placed on recognising and implementing best practice.


Students will be introduced to the principles of archive management in relation to the storage and preservation of archives, to the delivery of a public service and issues surrounding access. The processing of archival collections will also be dealt with from acquisition and appraisal, to sorting, arrangement and the preparation of finding aids.

Module Skills

Problem_solving N/A  
Research skills Preparation for coursework will involve basic information gathering techniques and summative skills.  
Communication Presentation by written formal report.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Use of professional internet sources, and review of professional documentation should foster student awareness of available learning resources, and improve critical and evaluatory skills.  
Team work The importance of professional and cross-sectoral team work in providing an integrated pattern of care for UK archives is integral to the teaching of this module.  
Information Technology The module raises awareness of the issues underlying the provision of access to archives using modern information technology. Coursework requires the application of IT skills in its presentation.  
Personal Development and Career planning The module raises awareness of issues surrounding the management of archives, and addresses important skills for modern information management professionals, and historical researchers alike.  
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills in the theory and practice of the management of archives will be developed.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
British Standards Institute (2000) BS5454: Recommendations for the storage and exhibition of archival documents London: BSI
International Council on Archives Committee on Descriptive Standards (2000) ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description 2nd. Stockholm : International Council on Archives
Kitching, C (1996) Archives: The Very Essence of our Hertiage Chichester: Phillimore
Kitching.C. (1993) Archive building in the UK 1977-92 London: HMSO
Public Services Quality Group Standard for Access to Archives - final edition for endorsement September 2003. London : The National Archives
(1993.) Keeping archives /editor, Judith Ellis. 1875589155


This module is at CQFW Level 6