David Mander OBE is the Director of Creative Cultures, an arts and heritage consultancy established in 2000. He is a qualified librarian and registered member of the Archives and Records Association. His extensive experience includes managing archives services, consultancy work for professional archive bodies, government agencies, trade unions, local authorities, businesses, charities, universities and archive service partnerships.
David’s consultancy experience includes advocacy support, audience development, community archives, digitisation management, evaluation of externally funded projects, governance reviews assessment of premises options and improving archive standards. Many of his consultancy projects have included combinations of these areas of his experience – for example helping clients focus of which audiences they wish to increase as service users as the basis of formulating what and how to digitise. In turn digitisation projects can be linked using resources for online educational and life-long learning projects. In Wales the digitisation of tithe maps was accompanied by community based projects involving the use of the digitised maps to stimulate community and topic-based resource creation.
While serving as Head of Archives for LB Hackney, David was a pioneer of digitisation in maps, images and in the use of multimedia to promote the use of archives and gained wide-ranging experience of archive catalogue systems, standards and cross-domain search engines.
David has been active in a wide range of archive organisations, as creator of four London archives bodies with the substantial experience of chairing and management that resulted. He has also served in committee and board roles on professional organisations, including the Archives and Records Association (ARA), where he was a Board member from 2012 and Chair from 2014-16. David is currently Chair of the ARA’s Northern Region and active in producing online and face to face meeting and training events. The ARA awarded David its Distinguished Service Award in 2019. David was appointed an OBE for services to local government through his extension voluntary work in 2007.
Leadership and Standards
The development of professional standards has been a continuing interest for David. He is a long-standing member of the ARA’s Visitor Survey Group, which oversees the production of the regular Survey of Visitors to British Archives and its allied survey of remote users. In his consultancy capacity, David produced the revision of an earlier key document, A Standard for Access to Archives (2008) for the earlier incarnation of the Visitor Survey Group. David is also a long standing member of the Institute of Public Finance’s Archive Statistics Working Party, the body which oversees the production of annual statistics of local authority archive service performance. More recently David was part of the small ARA team that turned the ARA’s Code of Conduct into the current Code of Ethics and remains a member of the body charged with ensuring the Code takes into account current developments in archives management in the UK. Creative Cultures has a track record of working in partnership with consultants who specialise in conservation management, records management, marketing, business planning and digitisation.
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