Posted on 28 March 2017
In April 2016, we launched a twelve-month project to catalogue the extensive archive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and to promote it to new and existing users. A year later and the project is now complete! You can search the archive online through our catalogue, Borthcat, and can find out more about how the project has developed through our blog.
At the start of the project, the archive measured 3.5 cubic metres and it includes over 70 years of environmental recording across the varied habitats of Yorkshire. It also represents a significant body of material charting the development of a non-governmental campaigning group and is an important record of the UK’s contribution to the development of nature conservation as a movement. Now the archive stands at almost double its original size and is unique amongst Wildlife Trusts nationally, in both its scope and its accessibility in a public repository.
The project has also allowed us to develop new connections with other other institutions and user communities, and to bring to light new archives on related subjects. Work will continue on developing and promoting the archives, so watch this space!