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The Moving Here Partnership
There are thirty partner organisations involved with
Moving Here.They are located in areas where there
are large minority ethnic populations (London, the
Midlands and the North West), and represent a wide
range of size and type of organisation.The partners
Birmingham City Archives Black Cultural
Archives Bradford Heritage Unit British Library
Croydon Museum & Heritage Service Hackney
Museum Haringey Museum and Archive Service
(incorporating Bruce Castle Museum) Hull City
Archives Imperial War Museum Jewish Museum,
London Lancashire Record Office Leeds
Museums & Galleries Liverpool Record Office
London Metropolitan Archives London School of
Economics Luton Museum Service Manchester
Central Library Manchester Jewish Museum
Museum of London The National Archives
National Maritime Museum North West Film
Archive Oxfordshire Museums Public Record
Office of Northern Ireland Royal Geographical
Society Tower Hamlets Local History Library and
Archives Victoria & Albert Museum Walsall
Local History Centre Wandsworth Museum and
Local History Service West Yorkshire Archive
Lead Partner and Central Team
The lead partner of Moving Here is The National
Archives (TNA), which was created in April 2003
when the Public Record Office and the Historic
Manuscripts Commission came together to form one
organisation.The central Moving Here team has
twelve members and is based at the TNA offices in
Kew, as are the servers that run the Website.The
budget is also controlled centrally.
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oday heritage organisations are called on to
ensure that their collections are accessible to
as many people as possible. Making content available
online is seen as key to removing barriers to access.
One need not physically visit an archive, museum or
library to appreciate the treasures once locked within
its four walls.
Sarah Tyacke, Chief Executive of The National
Archives, on the occasion of the launch of the Mov-
ing Here Website, uk,
on 30 July 2003 said: `Moving Here is a step forward
because for the first time all this material has been
digitised so that you can see it in your living room.
Archives are moving away from their "dusty and
musty" image by making these documents available
at the click of a mouse.'
Drawing on a grant of 2.65 million (
million) from the New Opportunities Fund (digi-
tisation programme), Moving Here has developed a
Website that provides access to a wealth of material
on the history of migration to England. It started in
January 2003 and will run until March 2004 under
NOF funding. Its success is already reflected in the
fact that Moving Here was recently voted the Best
History Site 2003 by Internet Magazine in its De-
cember 2003 issue. It tells the story of Caribbean,
Irish, Jewish and South Asian people leaving their
homelands to move to England over the last 200
years.The Website gives an insight into the reality
behind migration and the contributions of migrant
communities to the social fabric of England.
However, ensuring that memory institutions are
socially inclusive is not an easy task.Working towards
achieving this goal demands preparing for a major
shift in the user base and their interests and require-
ments.With this shift comes the need to not only
serve scholarly and higher education communities,
but to mediate more strongly the value of historic
material, stimulate curiosity, provide contexts,
examples and guides on how to get to resources
all users might be interested in.
By Guntram Geser and Helen Wood
The National Archives:
Press release, `New Website
Explores Migration
History', 30 July 2003.
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