Category Archives: British Religious History, Religious Archives

New England Company

The Religious Archives Group will begin posting regular items on our website, whether they are news items or general interest. Further to the posting I made on the Religious Archives list serve in the summer, I will post our first item on our website about the New England Company.

The New England Company was founded in 1649, becoming the first English Protestant missionary society. Originally called the ‘Society for the propagation of the gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America’, its initial aim was to convert Native Americans to Christianity through the work of missionaries.

Please follow this link for the full article:

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/the-collections/Pages/new-england-company.aspx

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New Catholic Archives Society leaflet

The Catholic Archives Society has just released its latest advice leaflet on Basic Disaster Planning.  This excellent document can be downloaded as a pdf.

This and the pdfs of the Society’s other leaflets can be viewed through the CAS website here

 

 

Developing a Baptist Archives

This Manual is from the Baptist World Alliance Heritage and Identity Commission site, at http://www.bwa-baptist-heritage.org/index.htm.  I would hesitate at some of the advice given but it’s written in an accessible way, and the Commission has given serious thought to the digital challenge,

“[The Manual] is based on professional principles and uses traditional paper documents and processes which were the standard when it was first written in the 1990s.

Since then, of course, the digital world has appeared, and this means that archiving procedures and policies have to make the transition. As far as archives are concerned, the new digital world is the same only different – the same because the end process is still to preserve records for as long as they are needed in such a way that they are well kept and accessible to those who will use them. However the records themselves are different, the processes used to create, manage and retrieve them are different, and the media on which they reside and means of managing them are different. There are other differences too, but that gives a simple outline of the situation.

There are at least two aspects to going digital – one is to manage the documents now being created digitally (they are “born digital”), while the other is turn existing paper records into a digital form (so they become “re-born digital” documents), and then of course, to manage them in the same way as those born digital.”

Muslim soldiers in World War One

The Everyday Muslim project has featured a number of projects in its contribution to Explore Your Archive 2014.  It includes an exciting Birmingham HLF project , We Also Served,

“More than 430,000 Muslims of South Asian origin joined the British Army between 1914 and 1918, after which many relocated to Britain. We Also Served, a project led by Xtra Mile West Midlands (XMWM), will focus on the lives and service of those who settled in Birmingham and the impact their involvement had on their descendants still living in the city.”

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