Who we are
THE SCHOOL ARCHIVISTS’ GROUP (SAG) was created in 1998 when a handful of archivists working in independent schools gathered at Christ’s Hospital to share their experiences and exchange views. From this an Annual Conference emerged which has subsequently been held at schools in Cheltenham, City of London, Dulwich, Eton, Harrow, Lancing and Liverpool. As the word spread about the group more people have asked to join.
Membership comprises representatives from about 260 independent schools throughout the United Kingdom. They include librarians, teachers, support staff, volunteers and retired staff, all of whom have some responsibility for the historical records of their school and realise that this is an area requiring specialist knowledge which they then attempt to seek out.
SAG is a self-help group and there is no charge to join. Professionally trained archivists sit on the committee together with school staff; they organize the Annual Conference, regional training sessions and provide advice to members. Discounts with archival suppliers of boxes and equipment have been negotiated; sometimes special discounts are offered at the Annual Conference. Our aim has been to alternate the Conference between London and the provinces. In 2008 it was held at the Merchant Taylors’ School for Girls in Liverpool, to link in with it as the City of Culture that year, and in 2009 at The National Archives in Kew.