The Carnival Archive is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery and run by the UK Centre for Carnival Arts for the purpose of creating digital archives of all carnival related activity that takes place in Luton, Northampton, Norfolk and Southend-on-Sea.
The archive aims to preserve collections for the future and provide access to them in the present in order to inspire a deeper level of understanding, enjoyment and interest in the heritage of carnival, as well as raise the exposure and profile of carnival arts and carnival artists. The project began in October 2011.
The project team consists of four Learning and Outreach Officers and four Archive Coordinators one of each are based in the four partner locations; Luton, Northampton, Norfolk and Southend-on-Sea. There is also a central Luton team consisting of our Project Manager, Creative Technologist and Digital Archivist.
The Carnival Archive is a completely digital archive. This means the archives are all either born digital (they were created in a digital format) or digitised (they have been scanned or photographed). It also means that unlike more traditional archives the Carnival Archive can only be accessed online and that the vast majority of our collections are available online.
At the moment we are collecting archives relating to the four locations; Luton, Northampton, Norwich and Southend-on-Sea. However it is a long term aspiration for the archive to be rolled out nationally. For more details see our Collection Policy.