Many museums hold rich archive material but it is often locked away in a backroom or only used as an add-on to main displays.

The digitisation of archives is helping to widen access but it is not enough on its own to truly open up archives to the wider public.

This issue of Museum Practice looks at how museums and other organisations are making innovative use of their archives.

Archives: the current landscape

From funding and Accreditation to "born digital" and online access, what does the future hold for museum archives?

Creating effective spaces

Archives can inspire and engage with the right investment, says Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan

Digitising archives

Can technology solve "the archive problem"?

Digitisation at the Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum explains the process behind the digitisation of its letter archive

Archives and smartphone apps

Digitised Shakespeare-related artefacts have been made accessible via a new smartphone app

Archives and artistic exploration

The New Art Gallery Walsall worked with an artist to explore the family archive of Jacob Epstein

Your archive case studies

More examples of archive innovation