Papers of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of materials relating to the establishment, building up and administration of AIM between 1977 and 2005 and to its core activities. It comprises correspondence; agendas and minutes; some membership records; fiscal return, insurance and other financial documents; AIM bulletins; other miscellaneous material.

Administrative / Biographical History

AIM was founded in 1977 'in response to the growing number of community-based projects seeking to preserve locally and nationally important heritage'. It provides advocacy for its membership (which ranges from small, local, volunteer-operated organisations to large institutions) at national level, offers training through an annual conference and country-wide workshops, operates grant schemes and issues a bi-monthly bulletin.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to bona fide researchers. The Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm. Access by appointment only. Contact to make an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the University of Leicester Library in November 2008 by Rob Shorland-Ball, on behalf of the Association of Independent Museums.

Archivist's Note

Description prepared by Margaret Maclean on 29 July 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Much of the material in the archive may remain in copyright. Photocopies of material can be supplied for private research purposes only. However, it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian before reproductions can be made. It is also the researcher's responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright holder's permission to publish or cite papers from the archive. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian prior to publication. The Library will not be responsible for any failure on the part of authors and publishers to seek such permission to publish. Readers are required to sign a form accepting these conditions.

Custodial History

Prior to July 2006, the greater part of the archive was stored in the Boat Museum Archives Store, some additional material being retained at the homes of Winstan Bond (former Treasurer), Diana Zeuner (editor of the AIM Bulletin) and Roger Hornshaw (former administrator). The bulk of the archive was moved from the Boat Museum on 6 July 2006 and was temporarily stored in the York Minster Archives Store, Church House. The remainder of the archive was collected together by Rob Shorland-Ball and taken to York, where it was weeded and sorted ready for its removal to Leicester.

Related Material

The University of Leicester Library holds 'AIM : the quarterly bulletin of the Association of Independent Museums' from 1978 to date (although lacking 20(4), 1997 and 22(4), 1999), shelf mark DWL:PER 069 A3376.