Archival platform — is a South African civil society initiative committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and archives as dynamic public resources. The Archival Platform was established in 2009 and by the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Foundation aiming to draw attention to the growing crisis in national archival system. The Archival Platform is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Platform focuses on the memory, cultural practices, artefacts, places as well as the documentary record of the country’s history.
- Raise public awareness of thearchives` role and value;
- Provide a mechanism through which new ideas and information can be shared and debated;
- Facilitate organised, effective public engagement and public interest wherever questions of archive are involved;
The Archival Platform engages with an academics from a range of disciplines, record keepers, government employees, cultural workers, heritage professionals and practitioners, memory activists and theorists, archive creators and users, public and private institutions as well as with organisations and communities.
In 2014 The Archival Platform prepared analysis of South Africa`s national archives system. The analysis gives the scope of the work done through the 1990s and concludes that the national archival system is in trouble.
- "State of the Archives: an analysis of South Afrca's national archival system - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – News – Archival Platform". www.archivalplatform.org. Retrieved 2017-09-07.