The story of British jazz – now being told better than ever before
The National Jazz Archive reading room.
The National Jazz Archive has come on in leaps and bounds in the past three years and “significantly improved public access”, according to a press release issued this week.
The NJA notes its key achievements as:
- storing and conserving more than 40,000 archive items (journals, photos, posters and programmes)
- cataloguing more than 4300 books
- cataloguing more than 600 journals to series level along with 36 personal and seven photo collections
- scanning and digitising numerous journals, photos, posters and programmes for direct access via the redesigned website, which includes a timeline of British jazz, over 360 interviews, and cross-curricular learning resources
- organising more than 30 talks, open days, exhibitions, concerts, community events and family activities
- training volunteers in storage, preservation and cataloguing skill
The archive was helped considerably by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £311,000 and has also received non-cash help from Essex County Council worth over £15,000. A lot of volunteer time has gone into the project.
The National Jazz Archive can be found physically at Loughton Library in Essex. For its online home go here.
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