Some big news…

We have two fairly big announcements to make!

Firstly, some of you are likely up to date on this, but the IOE has now officially merged with UCL.  As of December 2nd, we are now the IOE Archive at the UCL Institute of Education. For more information on the merger, visit here.

Secondly, our Archive has been awarded National Archive Accreditation status (which was also made official on December 2nd… December 2nd was a pretty big day around these parts)!  The IOE Archive is the first archive of an educational institution in London to be accredited.

Accreditation is the new UK quality standard that recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. To achieve accredited status, an archive must demonstrate that it has met clearly defined national standards relating to the management and resourcing of the care of its unique collections and the service it offers to its users.

The accreditation panel that made the award noted the following:

[They] were very impressed with the application and the range of ways in which the service is delivering its mission. They noted specifically the excellence of the documentation submitted, which reflects on the service’s strong management and planning. They congratulated the service on its achievements and innovative good practice in many areas, specifically developing outreach, broadening the volunteering offer and tackling digital preservation issues which many larger and better-resourced services have struggled to address.

We are so pleased to now be fully accredited, and want to thank the accreditation team for all of their help and support as we went through the application process.

For more information on accreditation, head to the National Archives.



#explorearchives Open Day at the IOE

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‘A world without archives is a world without memory’… It is with this that the National Archives (TNA) and the Archives & Records Association (ARA) kicked off an archive awareness campaign, ‘Explore your Archives’.  Archives across the UK and Ireland are inviting you to explore your own history and interests through their collections.

As part of the Explore your Archives campaign, we held an open day on Wednesday, November 20th, inviting students, staff and visitors into our office and reading room to take a look at a few of our collections.

We had two ‘story boxes’, which provided a glimpse into two of our collections.  We compiled a variety of documents, photographs and ephemera for a National Union of Women Teachers story box.  To juxtapose the NUWT’s rather sizable collection (which, after Kathryn Hannan’s cataloguing project, includes 404 archive boxes worth of material), we chose one of our smaller collections – of educator Mimi Hatton – which consists of one box that holds an amazing assortment of documents, tickets and photographs from Hatton’s life as an educator in Germany and founder of a girls’ SEN school.


One of our visitors, Paul (hi, Paul!), takes a look at some of our teaching resources available for using archives in the classroom.  Paul comes from a family of teachers, and dropped in to see if anything may interest his sister, who by the sounds of it, has had quite the interesting career in education.

Being the Institute of Education, we also made sure to have a variety of teaching resources available to educators and trainee teachers:

Primary sources put to use

Primary sources put to use.

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by last Wednesday, and to TNA & ARA for organising the Explore your Archives campaign!  To see what other archives are up to, you can head here to the Explore your Archives homepage.