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Becoming a UNESCO Memory of the World Inscription and the accreditation process

16 December 2020 – London, UK

Last Updated: Dec.2020

Accreditation type: Memory of the World

The call for nominations is biennial. Make sure you read the information on this page before you apply, and check you fit the requirements.

🧐 Why Apply?

About the Memory of the World Programme

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Find out what the Memory of the World Inscriptions are and why apply.

With 84 inscriptions on the UK Memory of the World Register, the collection contains the country’s most important memories told through its prized documents, photographs, film, audio, and letters. UNESCO protects these documents as they are of vital importance in preserving cultural identities, in bridging the past and the present, and in shaping the future.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO works closely with the UK Memory of the World Committee in the nomination and inscription of new UK inscriptions onto the UK and International Register. All UK archival institutions wishing to apply for Memory of the World Inscription must submit their application through the UK Memory of the World Committee. Information on the UK process, including deadlines for the next cycle, is available in the sections below.

The International Memory of the World Register recognises documentary heritage of global significance and includes documents such as the Magna Carta. It inspires both nations and regions to identify, list and preserve their respective documentary heritage for the collective memory of humankind. Note: The International Memory of the World Programme is currently suspended until further notice pending review.

The UK Memory of the World Register honours the documentary heritage of national and regional significance and includes documents such as the Death Warrant of King Charles I. This invaluable archive is a remarkable and rich insight into a small island’s past and mark on the world. This is Britain’s collective memory.

📙 The Process

Step n°1: Process Outline

Make sure you to submit your nomination within the deadlines.

The call for nominations is biennial. For the 2020 round, the nomination process is open from 12 June 2019 until the submission deadline on 31 January 2020. The final decisions are shared privately with nominators on 1 May 2020, before a public awards ceremony to announce the newly inscribed collections in June 2020. Nominations submitted after 31 January will not be considered.

Step n°2: Preparation

When preparing your nomination you should consult the following documents:

1.

HANDBOOK

A handbook which provides advice and guidance on completing the nomination form and information about the assessment criteria. It is highly recommended that you read this in advance of submitting a nomination form or contacting the Committee.

Read the Handbook here

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DEMONSTRATING SIGNIFICANCE

Every nomination must demonstrate that the heritage is authentic (i.e. it is what it claims to be) and significant (i.e. its loss would constitute a major impoverishment of the UK’s heritage).The UK Memory of the World Committee has written a guide for assessing significance in documentary heritage, ‘Seeking significance: A practical guide to identifying and articulating significance in documentary heritage’. While it is written for anyone who is seeking to express the significance of documentary heritage, it may also be a useful practical guide in writing a nomination to the UK Memory of the World Archive.

Read the Report here

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CONTACT US

Early engagement with the UK Memory of the World Committee is essential to discuss eligibility. Please email: Matthew McMurray (Secretary) [email protected] and Rachel Hosker (Chair) [email protected] at your earliest convenience.

Step n°3: Apply

Begin your formal application.

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NOMINATION FORM

To nominate any documentary heritage to the UK Register you will need to complete a Nomination Form which you can download below. Comprehensive guidance on completing the form is available in the Handbook which we strongly recommend you read before submitting your nomination (see the preparation tab). 

Download the nomination form here

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ADVICE

There is no word limit for nominations or a limit on the amount of supplementary information that can be provided. However, it is suggested that a nomination should be no longer than eleven A4 pages, excluding attachments, the Lodgment and the Assignation of Rights. Please ensure that the nomination clearly states why the nominated heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK. Failure to clearly articulate this significance is often a cause for an unsuccessful nomination.

Step n°4: Submission

Submission is preferred in electronic format (including all attachments).

Submission is preferred in electronic format (including all attachments). Please send electronic submissions to the Secretary of the UK Memory of the World Committee, Matthew McMurray ([email protected]).

Step n°5: Committee Stage

All nominations are assessed by the UK Memory of the World Committee, which comprises experts on the management and use of documentary heritage drawn from across the UK. A list of the Committee members is available here:

See the Committee Members here

Each nomination is assessed on the merit of the submitted form and supporting documentation. In certain cases the Committee may seek external peer review to help support the Committee’s final decision.

All documents are signed off by the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

🟢   This is a rolling application. Begin your application today*

Key Information

Make sure you read the important information below before you apply to become a UNESCO Biosphere. You must apply through the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, but you can submit an Expression of Interest via the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

STATUS:   Ongoing

UK DEADLINE:   Ongoing

FOR WHO:   UK Organisations

ESTABLISHED:   1971

ORIGIN:   UNESCO

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