The Archives Hub includes descriptions of Themed Collections alongside Archive Collections.
What are Themed Collections?
Themed Collections are curated collections of resources, typically digitised content, often created as a project and usually based on a specific theme. The resources are available via a website that often provides context and interpretation for the content.
From fashion to photography, dance to Darwin, soldiers to Shakespeare, the Themed Collections provide a means to find archival resources with strong visual themes that can be used for research, learning and teaching.
These digital collections and archives for learning, teaching, and research include material from many institutions across the UK. Some represent material held at a single institution (such as World of Kays), while others bring together material where the physical copies may be widely dispersed (such as History to Herstory).
The collection websites provide access to the material, and give guidelines for use.
What's different about Themed Collections?
They're not traditional archival collections: they might not have an identifiable creator/originator and they do not have an archival hierarchy. But they represent resources that give access to archives, which is why we've included them in the Archives Hub. Unlike many archive collections, Themed Collection content is usually available online because it has often been digitised.
How do I access the materials?
Themed Collection materials are often available online, on the collection's website. The link to this is in the description. These websites are not maintained by the Archives Hub. If you have any questions about accessing or using the material, please use the contact details on the collection's website.
Can I use an image I've found in a Themed Collection?
Consult the collection's website for details of licensing, and how you can use materials.
Can I submit a Themed Collection description?
We welcome descriptions of Themed Collections that fit in with the Archives Hub remit. Please see our page about Contributing Themed Collection descriptions.