Explore Your Archive 2014: #dayinthelife

Explore Your Archive week 2014 launched on Monday 10 November. With more than 200 archives and museums taking part across the UK and Ireland, we invited everyone involved to share their experiences of a #dayinthelife at their archive.

  1. Explore Your Archive 2014 kicked off on the BBC Breakfast show. Our Chief Executive and Keeper Jeff James joined Call the Midwife star and archive ambassador Stephen McGann at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where research for the programme had taken place.
  2. Archivist and researcher Jessamy Carlson took to BBC Breakfast's red sofa to share the results of her family history research for presenters Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt.
  3. BBC News presenter Jamie Owen spoke to Archives Wales about the importance of archives, and encouraged people to use them to find out about their families and communities.
  4. At 10.30, our social media Thunderclap went off, reaching 751,963 people and causing #explorearchives to trend on Twitter in the UK - a great result!
  5. Throughout the day, we asked everyone working in archives to share their #dayinthelife experiences. The range of responses shows the diversity of work going on in archives - from creative writing courses to conservation work, and deciphering handwriting to podcast editing.
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