If you've worked through all the previous pages and activities congratulations on reaching the final section of the toolkit. Hopefully by now you will have made a great start on building up your archive and have integrated the processes into your working practice. We kept the guidance simple so that it was easy to follow and get you started. However, having done all this work you may now feel ready to delve deeper into different areas of records management and archiving.

The websites listed below are intended to steer you to useful resources which will build on what you have learned from this toolkit. Many of the sites are aimed at primarily archives and records management professionals and will go into more detail than you need. Please don't be put off by this, but have fun browsing to see what new information and ideas you can pick up.

  • What are archives? — Jisc Archives Hub — To find out more about what an archive is, this site provides a general introduction to archives, archive institutions and the materials they hold.
  • Case studies — Business Archives Council of Scotland — Here are examples of how a range of businesses and archive institutions have used their business archive materials - check out the link at the bottom of the page for further case studies on the Scottish Business History Network (SBHN) website.
  • Managing business archives: key records — The National Archives (UK) — Provides examples of different types of key records generated by business in areas such as governance, finance, property, marketing, artefacts and memorabilia.
  • Records management — National Records of Scotland — This is primarily aimed at Scottish public and government bodies but some of the guidance can be applied to the third sector.
  • Archive principles and practice — The National Archives (UK) — This is an introduction for non-archivists covering the risks to archives, how to look after them and further steps, such as storage and preservation, listing and cataloguing.
  • Digital preservation handbook — Digital Preservation Coalition — A comprehensive guide to the issues and solutions around preserving digital materials, aimed at a broad audience from the novice upwards.
Data protection and copyright
  • Archives and data protection law in the UK — The National Archives (UK) — An overview of current legislation and frequently asked questions covering data protection in the UK and how it affects archives.
  • Copyright and related rights — The National Archives (UK) — Guidance document introducing copyright, ownership, permissions and a useful flowchart to determine how long it lasts.
  • Community archives toolkit — Norfolk Record Office — This toolkit is aimed at community archive projects and organisations that take in donations of records, containing practical advice on different aspects of managing and preserving an archive.
  • Records management in charities: a toolkit for improvement — British Academy Research Project and Charity Finance Group — This self-assessment tool is aimed at organisations in the charity sector, to improve their record keeping practice and policies to ensure legal compliance.
Visiting archives
  • Using the centre — GCU Archive Centre — Our video and webpage guides will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit our reading room - all archive centres apply similar rules but they will have differences in how they operate.
  • Directory of Scottish Archives — The National Records of Scotland — This A-Z list provides contact details of Scottish archives including local, national, university and special archives.
  • Find-an-archive — The National Archives — This site lists UK archives with information on some of the collections they hold, including local, national, university, special, business, and private archives, and can be filtered by area and type of archive.