June 9th. and International Archives Day is almost here again. There are so many topics to choose from! But we propose, that this years activities concentrate on democracy in many ways.
The National Archives of the United Kingdom has come up with this topic, suggesting that we make June 9th. a “Twitter day where archives share stories and records within their collection showcasing democracy and rights in different ways”.
It is a subject, that most archives can relate to and tell stores about. No matter if you are a large, national archive, a municipal institution or a community archive, we all have records and other material, that can be used to tell the story of democratic development, and people who have stood up for their rights.
Ideas about what to share, could be records that:
- have established fundamental rights in your country
- tell the story of individuals, who played a part in establishing democratic conditions
- relate to rights of specific groups ( indigenous, ethnic, LGBT, women, children…)
- show the history of the right to form trade unions and political or religious communities
- picture election and election days, both national and local
- sound archives with important speaches, interviews etc.
And finally – your contribution could naturally also be constitutional documents of huge importance and great archival beauty. It is your choice, and we look forward to your contribution.
If you wish to join, make a comment below stating your Twitter handle as “reply” to this post. And on June 9th. post your content to relevant platforms – blogs, flickr, instagram, your website, etc. – and tweet about it using the combination of two tags: #IAD15 #democracy.
We hope a lot of archives will join, and help show the world, how archives play a vital part in documenting the history of democracy.