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DART - Digitised Archive Resources for Teaching


The Borthwick Institute for Archives is running a pilot project which aims to provide access to digitised copies of its archives for use in teaching at the University of York. More information can be found below.

What is it?

The Digitised Archive Resources for Teaching (DART) service aims to provide high quality digital images of original archive material for use in teaching at the University of York.  The service will aim to provide digital images within 20 working days of a request being submitted.

What is the benefit?

By providing digital access, we are hoping to open up the use of archives in taught programmes by enabling the incorporation of primary sources into lectures, seminars and course reading, outside the controlled environment of the Borthwick searchroom. The service will provide students with digital access to unique source material exclusive to the University of York. We hope that engagement with the archives as part of taught modules will inspire associated research making use of Borthwick collections.

Do you have anything relevant to my teaching?

The Borthwick Institute holds archives pertaining to a broad range of subject areas, of interest to the Sciences and Social Sciences as well as the Arts and Humanities. If you are unfamiliar with the Borthwick’s holdings, please get in touch with us at and we will be able to discuss which archives may be of relevance to your teaching. In the meantime, the Borthwick catalogue (Borthcat) can be browsed by topic here, and an overview of our holdings can be found here.

Is there a cost?

DART will be a free service exclusively for use on taught programmes at the University of York. The Borthwick will ask that the document reference remains visible on images during their use.

Can I request copies of anything from the archive?

The Borthwick will not release images which are sensitive, confidential or under copyright. If documents require significant interventive conservation work in order for them to be able to be imaged safely, this work may not be able to be carried out within the advertised timescale. In these instances we may not be able to provide images.

It is expected that any issues such as these will be known at the start of the process during initial correspondence.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The decision has been made to extend this pilot to all departments in an attempt to support the increase in remote delivery of courses as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.  The digitisation team are now working on site and prioritising requests to support teaching.  If you are unsure as to whether we hold any material relevant to your teaching, then please do get in touch and we will be able to discuss your requirements.

If you have any further questions, or are interested in taking part in the pilot, ple‌ase get in touch with us at