The hazards of archiving… and a rare find

YHA Archive News 2018-11 (m) copy (1)Here’s the latest news from YHA’s archives, courtesy of John Martin, YHA’s honorary archivist.

John writes in the following article that over the years YHA has been pretty good with its retention of important archival material.

“The prime objective of a company’s or charity’s archive is of course to retain its governance records for consultation, comparison or research.

“YHA’s archive at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, goes much deeper than that, with its very large collection of photographs, postcards, members’ recollections, logbooks, ephemera, publications and even historic films.

“Nevertheless, YHA’s history has been studded with reorganisations, and it is when such alterations to its structure have taken place that the safeguarding of its archive has been most at risk; offices close, move or merge and staff with the greatest knowledge and experience move on or retire.

Read on… YHA Archive News 2018-11 (m) 2

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