Letter in the Attic community archive

This message was posted by Jack Latimer to the Community Archives listserve.  Community archivists may be particularly interested by the cataloguing software that has been developed in this context.

The Letter in the Attic community archive is now online.

Letter in the Attic is a collection of over 780 letters and diaries and other personal papers related to Brighton and Hove. The papers were collected through an appeal to the general public in 2007-8.

The project was a partnership between local community heritage publishers QueenSpark and the East Sussex Record Office. It was funded and is used as a case-study in community heritage by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can read an introduction to the project at http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/letterintheatticproject

The catalogue, where you can view the letters and associated photos, is at http://catalogue.communitysites.co.uk/letterintheattic

There’s an online exhibition of extracts from the collection at the My Brighton and Hove website at http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/letterintheattic

There’s an article about the lessons learnt from the project at http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/letterintheatticlessons

The cataloguing software, developed by Ian Grant of CommunitySites, enabled a team of volunteers to produce an ISAD-G compliant catalogue which could be displayed attractively on the web, checked online by an archivist, and migrated easily to the East Sussex Record Office catalogue via EAD or Excel.  The software is now available through CommunitySites and is already being used by several other heritage projects.

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