SWiB Policies & Good Practice

Although SWiB is not an official public repository, we have made efforts to work to the following key national standards, recommendations and agendas for good archival practice:

- BS5454:2000 Recommendations for the Storage and Exhibition of Archival Documents.
- ISAD(G) International Standard for Archival Description:2000
- The National Archives Standard for Records Repositories:2004
- The Standard for Access to Archives:2008 (The National Council on Archives)
- ILFA Inspiring Learning for All (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council)

SWiB is managed by our qualified Archivist Stacey Dyer. Stacey has worked in several heritage related establishments in the region: as a project cataloguing assistant and archive assistant with Plymouth & West Devon Record Office (2003-2005); a project records management analyst with Cornwall County Council (2006); and as an archive assistant at Cornwall Record Office with a part time secondment in archive documentation at the Courtney Library (Royal Cornwall Museum) from 2006-2007. Stacey has a BA(hons) in History (2002) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Archive Administration (2008). She is currently undertaking registration with the Society of Archivists through which she has attended/will be attending a series of official training events pertaining to the ongoing care and presentation of archives. Stacey is also currently undertaking a National Occupational Standard in Volunteer Management through Lantra.

Our Archive Outreach Assistant Colette Hobbs has worked in several heritage related establishents in the City; for the Historic Environment Team at Plymouth City Council (2007-2008); as an Archive Assistant with Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (2008-2009); and as a Library Assistant at the Local and Naval Studies Library (2009-2011). She has also volunteered with the National Trust as a steward at Castle Drogo (2007-2008). Colette has a BA(hons) in History (2006) and a Masters in Social History (2008) and is currently undertaking the MSC Econ/Diploma in Archive Administration through Aberystwyth University.

SWiB holds the largest collection of photographic archives in the region and is recognised by the Community Archives & Heritage Group as an official point of contact for those looking to set up community archive projects in Plymouth. Visit the Community Archives Network website to view the complete directory.

Total images catalogued / all collections (available via onsite search room or external request) 52,000
Total images scanned / all collections (available via onsite search room or external request) 31,000
Total images available on website 10,000
User statistics - on site (Feb 2008 - Nov 2010) 2,645
Individual volunteering/work based learning opportunities supported to date 42
Individual presentations/talks given to external groups to date 33
Individual exhibitions/projects delivered to date 17/8 (25)

Please click on the following links to review our policy documentation.

SWiB Statement of Public Access Policy

SWiB Preservation Policy Statement

SWiB Statement of Acquisition Policy

SWiB Volunteer Policy

SWiB Learning Policy

SWiB Service Charter

SWiB Terms of Gifts and Deposits


Please do contact us if you would like further advice.


Further Links:

- About SWiB
- About the Plymouth Barbican Trust
- The SWiB Team
- Feedback
- Acquisition and Preservation
- Cataloguing and Scanning
- Digital Restoration
- SWiB Outreach and Learning
- Access and Enquiries

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