Donate materials to the SE Collection (Scotland)

Glasgow Caledonian University Archive Centre is a public-facing archive institution dedicated to the safe-keeping and management of archive material for long-term preservation and access. The Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland), otherwise known as SECS, was established in 2011 and is just one of the many collections held in the Archive Centre. The SECS holds records of Scottish social enterprises and support organisations as well as papers of people who worked in the sector.

The toolkit has helped you to create and care for your archive but there may come a time in the future when you will want to donate it to the SECS. There is often a natural time to do this, for example many of the materials currently held in the SECS have been donated by retired practitioners and some are from organisations that are no longer in operation. Some large and active organisations have a moving wall agreement with the Archive Centre and this enables them to donate their materials on a rolling basis, such as every ten years.

Donating your archive materials to the SECS can offer many benefits:

  • Providing expertise and following best practice for the long-term preservation and management of archive material
  • Opening up archival materials to a wider audience and professionally cataloguing them in a way that makes it easier for people to look for items of interest
  • Ensuring that an organisation’s story is available for current and future generations even if the organisation itself is no longer in operation

Contact the Archive Centre if you want to know more about donating material.