External Advice

RAG is not the only organisation to provide advice for archives and archivists. We try to maintain a list below of general sources of advice, and those aimed at specific faith traditions.

If you know of any not listed here, or spot any broken links, please let us know.

General Advice
Anglican Archives
Catholic Archives
Islamic Archives
Jewish Archives
Nonconformist Archives

General Advice

The National Archives: The Archives Sector and Information Management sections of the website contain useful information on all aspects of archive management for archive professionals and owners and custodians of records

Archives and Records Association: the lead professional body for archivists, archives conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Archives NRA: a UK discussion list for archivists, conservators and records managers

Community Archives and Heritage Group: supports and promotes community archives in the UK and Ireland. It has developed cataloguing guidelines which might be of interest to religious archives.

Anglican Archives

Church of England Records Management Guides: Official advice prepared by the Church of England Record Centre for parishes and dioceses

Catholic Archives

Catholic Archives Society: promotes the care of archives of the Roman Catholic Church in the UK and Ireland. Provides information, advice and training opportunities for anyone with responsibility for the identification, cataloguing, care and preservation of these archives. Advice leaflets available to download or purchase from the website.

Westminster Diocesan Archives: basic record keeping advice aimed at parishes in the Diocese of Westminster

Islamic Archives

Muslim Heritage: resources and contacts for all aspects of Muslim heritage. Run by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization based in Manchester

Islamic Manuscript Association: an international non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting Islamic manuscript collections and supporting those who work with them

East London Mosque: has sorted and catalogued its archives, having employed a professional archivist: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/content/east-london-mosque-london-muslim-centre-archive-collections

Jewish Archives

There is US advice on starting a Synagogue archive at http://media.americanjewisharchives.org/docs/startingFromScratch.pdf

Nonconformist Archives

British Protestant Nonconformist Churches have produced a number of online guides to keeping records and archives. While they are designed to be specific to their particular denomination, they offer advice that might be useful to a wider audience.


The Strict Baptist Historical Society has summary advice at
linking to a short guide ‘What we do with our records?’ (pdf)


The Methodist Heritage website links to advice on ‘Preserving our records’ at
There are guides to managing and preserving official church records and ‘A guide to donating personal or family papers to a record office’.


The Friends have produced a section for records custodians at
It links to specific guides (in pdf format) on a range of areas: The job of the Custodian of Records , Meeting records and their retention and disposal, Legislation affecting records and record-keeping, Creation to curation of records, Minutes and supporting papers, Electronic records, Preservation and storage of records and archives, Use and access to records and archives , Depositing archives with appropriate repositories, Disaster preparedness, Records equipment and suppliers, and Glossary of records management terms.

United Reformed Church

The URC offer guidance on how their churches and synods should care for their paper and electronic records at
It links to two guides (in Word format) on Churches Archives and Records Advice and Synods Records Management Advice.

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