Information Studies


Evolution of the archival profession and development of the records discipline

ICARUS has been instrumental in establishing a research infrastructure for the emerging academic discipline of archives and records management in the UK. Drawing on historical understanding of the archives profession, including archival education, ICARUS has played a leading role in the development of an academic discipline in the field.

From 2006 to 2007 Elizabeth Shepherd led the AHRC-funded Network project, ARMREN, which resulted in, for the first time, a baseline map of research activity, a research network and the beginning of a UK research agenda. Her historical research, including the monograph, Archives and Archivists in 20th Century England, articles and chapters on 'Archives' in British librarianship and information work 1991-2000, 2001-2005, has been foundational in establishing a new field of archival history.  In addition, work on UK research infrastructure reported on in the article, 'An 'academic dilemma: The tale of archives and records management' (JoLIS, 2013) has helped the discipline to develop critical mass. Geoffrey Yeo has established and edits the discipline's first UK series of monographs (Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives, Facet) and has also written and spoken extensively on professional developments, including Geoffrey Yeo and Erica Ander, 'Student expectations of the UK job market in archives and records management', King’s College London, February 2008 and Geoffrey Yeo, 'The role of the archivist in document management and records management', Congreso de Archivos Municipales Españoles, Lugo, Spain, November 2008.