The ROC Heritage Strategy aims to formulate a structure in which the archive held nationally and collections held elsewhere may be utilised to provide a wider and full picture of the history of the Corps and which may be utilised more effectively for research and educational purposes. This is a principle favoured by national agencies and one which focuses on partnership rather than acquisition.
At national level the Association is already recognised as the main focus for information relating to the Corps; whilst at local group levels the Association provides individual expertise, knowledge and input especially in respect to locally based Corps’ Heritage schemes. The national group is therefore in a prime location to support and promote the management and control of such a strategy especially through an effective heritage group with efficient dissemination through to groups.
So what’s the Strategy?
The strategy document that has been produced is not dictating a need to build an ever increasing collection of documents related to the Corps’ that is solely owned by the Association. The Association does have its own collection of artifacts, images and documents, but the heritage team are aware however that other collections exists around the country which form a significant part of the Heritage of the Corp and by working with, and supporting, the many other museums, groups and individuals then the full "Heritage of the Corps" may eventually be realised.
The focus is therefore aiming to create synergy between the many collections (i.e. 2+2=5) through the effective communication, mutual assistance and partnerships. Through an effective heritage group the National Association has the ability to develop such partnerships between these many individuals, groups and museums that hold ROC related documents, information and items. Through access to funds such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the association may contribute towards the preservation, promotion and education utilising its own archives whilst equally providing added assistance and promotion of external collections; thereby providing a complete ... "History of the Corps".
The strategy focuses on seven key areas in order to achieve this;
- Consultation & Partnership
- Collection, Formulation & Development
- Preservation & Conservation
- Education & Social Inclusion
- Records Management
- Royal Observer Corps Heritage Online
- Publicity, Promotion & Events
For more information relating to the Strategy, please use the Heritage Contact Form within 'Contacts'.