Archives Awareness Week

Archives Week is our annual celebration to draw public attention to the importance of the province's nearly 200 archival institutions. 

British Columbia's annual Archives Week takes place the third week in November each year.

2021 Archives Awareness Week

November 15-19, 2021

Share your amazing holdings, exhibits, and events with us using the hashtag #BCAAW2021. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for awareness tips and resources. 

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 (10:00 - 11:30am PST)

AABC Roundtea - Social Media and Archives

Join the AABC on Wed, November 17, 2021 for a virtual tea and chat during Archives Awareness Week. We are pleased to be joined by Audrey McKinnon, a former CBC journalist and communications professional; Andréa Tarnawsky, Digital and Outreach Archivist at Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and with experience using social media and blogging for both the AABC and other organizations; and Alyssa Bruijns, Head Archivist & Collections Manager of the Whistler Museum and Archives.  We will talk about tips and strategies for connecting through different media platforms and how to promote and advocate for archives and the work we do.

Did your miss our Roundtea? The recording is now available.

What is a "Roundtea"?

Roundteas are informal roundtables where panelists give a 10-15 minute talk on their work in relation to the topic or theme of the Roundtea. Then, questions are asked, and others often share their experiences. The format is generally a participatory discussion meant to mimic getting a tea, coffee, or beer with colleagues. The presentations are used as a starting point to generate discussion, to share expertise, and for participants to network across the heritage field. The AABC started this format as a way to connect archivists and heritage professionals who may be feeling lonely or disconnected as a result of the pandemic.


2020 Archives Awareness Week

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of BC’s Archives Awareness Week (November 16-20, 2020), and the 30th anniversary of the Archives Association of British Columbia, the AABC developed a week of activities and events focused on the theme of "Archival Activism".

Visit the 2020 Archives Awareness Week website

What is the role of the Archives Awareness Week Committee?

In 2007 the Archives Week Committee was established with the function to work in cooperation with the Executive committee on initiatives regarding Public Awareness, Advocacy, and Legislation to plan and organize an annual week-long celebration that increases public appreciation and understanding of archives and the archival profession in British Columbia.

The duties and responsibilities of the Archives Week Committee include:

  • To establish and maintain written guidelines for planning and organizing Archives Week celebrations;
  • To communicate the theme and provide ideas to members for planning and organizing Archives Week activities;
  • To design, develop, and maintain a webpage about Archives Week, ensuring that it contains current and relevant information in a timely fashion;
  • To report committee activities to the Executive as required and once a year at the Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in joining the Archives Awareness Week Committee please contact

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