Campaign for Archives

Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives

The Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives was formed in 2011. It has grown out of concern for the neglect of archives and records across the voluntary sector. Unlike Public Records produced by government which will be transferred to The National Archives at Kew, there is little legal protection for charity archives.


The main aims of the Campaign are:

  • To raise awareness of the importance of voluntary sector archives as strategic assets for governance, corporate identity, accountability and research
  • To convince charity leaders and trustees that archives have relevance for an organisation’s current work
  • To encourage all charities, voluntary organisations, trusts and foundations to take responsibility for their archives by providing for their management, preservation, use and promotion.

Steering group

The Campaign is led by a steering group of researchers, custodians, creators of records and others which meets quarterly at the British Library. Some members of CHARM are part of this steering group.

Official launch

The Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives was officially launched at the House of Lords on Monday 15 October 2012. It was sponsored by Baroness Pitkeathley and funded by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

More information

The Campaign’s website contains case studies and bespoke guidance on archives for the voluntary sector. For more information please contact: