Welcome to the website of the Religious Archives Group (RAG).
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The group, founded in 1989, is a voluntary association for anybody interested in the collection, preservation and use of religious archives, and personal papers of religious leaders, in the UK. Most of these archives have been created and are owned by private bodies, although many may now be found in public repositories.
Our brief extends to supporting the archives of all faith communities, including those of secularist organizations. We cover all forms of record, including digital media, which are preserved in the UK and which concern religion or irreligion, even if they relate to foreign countries.
The group aims to advance education, research, scholarship and stewardship by working, separately and collectively with others, to promote awareness of religious archives and enhanced levels of access to them and of collection care.
We have done this through a range of activities, including our website, online discussion list, annual conferences, a national survey, responses to public consultations, and engagement with a range of stakeholder bodies.
We have recently launched a multi-year support plan for religious archives, in strategic alliance with The National Archives, Archives and Records Association and other partners.
You can read more about these activities on our website.
You can also join the Religious Archives Group yourself. There are currently in excess of 200 members. Membership is free, and you can join by registering your personal details on our discussion list at: