An organisation that aims to help archivists and historians preserve thousands of years of history has been officially launched in Nottingham today.

The Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland (ARA) aims to represent the interests of those who work in the sector and those who use archives and records, such as family and local historians, teachers, planners, researchers, campaigners and community archive groups.

ARA was created on June 1, marking the merger of the Society of Archivists, the National Council on Archives and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government. It aims to improve and maintain services and standards across the sector.

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