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Planning your project

Things to consider if you'll be using material from the archives as part of your own project:


We are involved in a wide range of projects and also encourage others to use our archives to inform their own project work.

We are proud to be able to offer access to our materials to a range of projects and individuals.

Recent projects making use of our archives include:

Our projects

For further updates, check the projects section of our blog.

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An archives project about the lived experiences of those who have interacted with the University of York over the last 60 years.

The Northern Way Project Page

The Northern Way

A 3 year project funded by AHRC and run in partnership with the National Archives to investigate the political role of the 14th century archbishops of York.


AtoM at the Borthwick

Establishing Access to Memory (AtoM) as our new Archival Management System and online catalogue.


Project Genesis

An ambitious two year project to create the Borthwick Institute's first online catalogue.

Who were the Aero Girls?‌‌

Who were the Aero Girls?

An art and social history project to find out more about the renowned painters and fascinating sitters of these Rowntree's archive paintings.

Harewood West Indian Archive

A project to catalogue and conserve the surviving archives of the Lascelles family in the West Indies. 

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Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Project

An eight month project to catalogue the records of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary

An ambitious 15-month project to produce a new dictionary of historic Yorkshire terms.

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The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Project

A twelve month project to catalogue the archive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and promote access to a broad range of audiences.

Proposed ingest workflow at University of York

Filling the Digital Preservation gap

Exploring the potential of Archivematica to preserve research data

Oral History‌‌

University of York Oral History

Voices from half a century: the University of York's oral history project, celebrating the University's 50th anniversary.

Fertile Ground: Records of the Women's Land Army in North Yorkshire

Exploring the records of WLA County Chairman Lady Celia Milnes Coates, 1938-1950.



The York Covid-19 Archive

In response to these unprecedented times, a new project has begun to collect the records of York’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rowntree Archives: Poverty, Philanthropy and the Birth of Social Science

Cataloguing the the archives of the Rowntree Trusts, the Rowntree family, the research papers of Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree and the papers of Professor Sir Tony Atkinson.


Atkinson Brierley architectural archive

Conservation of the Atkinson Brierley architectural archive.

We hope to improve access to the plans and increase the stability of the collection.

Reimagining the Terry's Chocolate Apple

Reimagining the Chocolate Apple

Promoting the Terry's archives, and recreating the Chocolate Apple, precursor to the Chocolate Orange.