The RunCoCo team have been involved in a range of community collection projects. Below you can find out about some of them. More information about our previous work can also be found in the case study Crowd-sourcing for engagement: RunCoCo (Alexandra Paddock, 2012) and the videos Europeana 1914-1918: RunCoCo (5.26 min) and A Postcard from Hitler (3.12 minutes).

We are always interested in hearing about new initiatives. We are available for consultation and project work and are happy to work with you in planning, running and evaluating your project.

The Great War Archive

photograph of Bombardier William Gaunt [seated] from the Great War Archive

This is how it all begain. In 2008, the University of Oxford ran a groundbreaking digitisation project to encourage members of the public to digitally capture, submit online, catalogue, and assign usage rights to personal items from the First World War. Over 6,500 photos, audio interviews, songs, and histories were collected, capturing a wealth of hitherto undiscovered material held in private hands.

The Great War Archive devised and piloted the Oxford Community Collection Model, using a combination of online contribution and face-to-face engagement to create the collection. The model has since been used for a variety of projects using online collection and targeted intervention to crete digital collections.

Read more about The Great War Archive. Go to the Great War Archive website

Project Woruldhord

The feast of William the Conqueror. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry.

In 2010 Project Woruldhord trialled RunCoCo’s documentation, processes and software. The project collected photographs, documents, video, audio, and learning objects submitted by the public and academics relating to the Anglo-Saxon period of English history - languages and literature, the arts, history and archaeology. The project, which is still accepting contributions, has so far collected around 4,500 digital objects contributed by about 400 people or institutions. These digital objects are now being made available for educational purposes via the Woruldhord website.

Read more about the Project Woruldhord. Go to the Project Woruldhord website

Europeana 1914-1918

The Europeana 1914-1918 logo.

Europeana 1914-1918 is a large international initiative collecting stories and memorabilia relating to the First World War. The project is using the Oxford Community Collection Model established through the Great War Archive. It is co-ordinated by Europeana, Europe's digital archive, library and museum, with funding from the European Commission.

RunCoCo is involved in planning and co-ordinating the overall project. We also support the national, regional and local institutions involved by providing training, advice, and support. We offer coaching sessions, documentation, and hands-on assistance before, during and after events and campaigns.

The Europeana 1914-1918 has run collection campaigns in several countries, including Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Slovenia, Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium, and Italy. The thousands of stories and digital images of objects, letters, and photographs that have been collected can be explored for free on the multi-lingual Europeana website The website also welcomes contribution by anyone wanting to share their Great War story and memorabilia with the world. Learn more about this work though this video (3.12 min).

Read more about the Euroreana 1914-1918 project. Go to the Europeana 1914-1918 website. Watch a video about this work

Europeana 1989

The Europeana 1989 poster.

Europeana 1989 is a pan-European project collecting material relating to the events of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe, also known as the Fall of the Iron Curtain. The project is managed by Europeana, using the Oxford Community Collection Model. Europeana 1989 is collaborating with HistoryPin, using their method for adding and displaying pictures on a map.

Anyone who has stories, pictures, recordings, or objects from the relevant period can add these to the collection via the project website. A series of public collection events are also held where project staff assist in digitising and uploading the material. The material collected by the project can be explored for free on the project website

Go to the Europeana 1989 website.

Children of The Great War at Age Exchange

The Children of The Great War poster.

RunCoCo is proud to have been involved in the community collection and reminiscence project Children of The Great War run by Age Exchange, the leading British charity working in the field of Reminiscence Arts, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Across an 18 month period, Age Exchange worked with many partner organisations across London to record and share family histories from a diverse range of communities - telling the untold stories of the War and how it affected people in the city. Project activities have included reminiscence projects, intergenerational workshops, filming and recording of group and individual interviews, including exploring the theme through sharing personal heritage. A series of open days have been held in London Boroughs where the public were welcomed to contribute family history, images and text to the Europeana 1914-18 International archive.

Age Exchange have integrated the collected memories into a touring exhibition and film installation, and a major intergenerational theatre production. The recorded memories, digitalised photographs, letters and text are shared through the Europeana 1914-18 archive, in support of learning and research into the Great War by people across Europe (text adapted from the Age Exchange website

Go to the Children of the Great War website. Follow 'Children of The Great War' on Facebook or Twitter.

Merton College 750 years

The Merton 750 logo.

Merton College celebrated its 750th anniversary in 2014. A range of activities marked this landmark in the College's history. In addition to talks, concerts, exhibitions, and events, Merton ran a community collection where anyone with links to Merton was invited to share memories and objects. Material was collected online, through interviews and oral histories, and at collection events during the Anniversary Weekend.

RunCoCo were fortunate to be involved in the celebrations as consultants, providing advice, training and support.

Go to the Merton @750 anniversary collection site

JISC-funded Community Collection Projects

photograph of Councillor John Robinson chatting with a family who have brought family keepsakes to a submissions day for the Great War Archive in Hull

In 2010, RunCoCo supported the projects funded by JISC as part of their Developing Community Content call.

"The suite of projects funded under the JISC's Community Content call are aimed firstly at creating and enhance digital content collections by developing the engagement between content owners in the universities and specific, or general, groups of the external public. Secondly, they are intended to develop more strategic co-ordination within the universities, focusing on the relationship between digital collection curators and business and community engagement teams." (from the JISC website)

Read more about the projects. Go to the JISC website.

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“The RunCoCo communications strategy helped me make contact with the RAF and WAAF veterans ahead of our NAAFI visitor centre launch day. We photographed ration books, posters, old uniforms...”

Curator, Croome Park, National Trust