We are pleased to announce the arrival of Archie at The National Archives. ‘Archives Archie’ is the soft toy mascot of TNA’s Education Team. Archie was the idea of our vice chairman, Dr Tony Wakeford, who suggested that a mascot would help the more junior pupils connect with the history stored at Kew.

Simon Wilkes won a staff competition to design the mascot and one of our members, Sue Waters, created Archie as a 45cm high soft toy. Archie made his debut at the Mini-Beasts family event at Kew today and was an instant hit. The event looked at the topic of bugs that inhabit the records, and involved looking for bugs in Pocket Park. Collection Care were on hand with a display of the various bugs found in the repositories over the years, together with a microscope for a closer look at all the bugs.

Archie took centre stage with the 23 children and their parents who attended the event. For further information about ‘Archie’, please click on the following link: Archives Archie the bug

Below left to right: Sue Waters, Tony Wakeford with Archie, and Simon Wilkes.