Introduction

sarah tyackeSarah Tyacke CB, Hon. D.Litt.,FSA, FRHistS, President’s Medal, British, Academy (2010)  former  visiting professor Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Chair of the International Records Management Trust (IRMT). In 2010 she was appointed to the Hillsborough Independent Panel.   She is also a council member of RHUL and a trustee of the Hakluyt Society and is chair of the Harley Trustees and of the revamped Foundation for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and was chair of the Mount Everest Foundation (MEF) 2009-11. She is a director of the journal Imago Mundi and is Hon. Secretary of the newly formed International Society of the History of the Map (ISHM 2011).   Recently she was Keeper of Public Records and Historical Manuscripts Commissioner for the United Kingdom government and Chief Executive of the National Archives of England and Wales from 1992-2005: responsible for the establishment of The National Archives, which merged the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission from April 2003; for the initial strategic approach to records management and digital records in the UK government and for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2005 as it affected the historical record.


Previously responsible for building the new Public Record Office building at Kew (1995) and for the award winning Family Records Centre (1997-2008) and for the establishment of the online digital services of The National Archives e.g. Access to Archives (A2A), Moving Here, and the ground breaking if initially problematic launch of the online 1901 census in 2001. She is now researching in her own specialism, the history of cartography (see current work) and gave the Sandars lectures in Cambridge in March 2007 and subsequently lectured on European and English charts and mapping 1500-c 1700 in New York, Chicago, Singapore and in the UK as a result of a Leverhulme Fellowship she received for 2005-8.  Two publications are in the pipeline: one on Robert Dudley’s charts in his Arcano del Mare 91648) and one on the English and European world views as seen through their charts and marine drawings c. 1550-1700s

Together with Dr Catherine Delano Smith she teaches the history of maps and mapping at the London Rare Books School (LRBS) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London each summer and has been appointed an associate editor for 'Cartography in the European Enlightenment' volume 4 of the History of Cartography project, University of Wisconsin, USA.

She also continues to work in the archival and records management fields. In 2005-6 she reported on the archival and records system in Finland for the Finnish government, and advised the National Library and National Archives in Cuba for British Council. In 2007 she advised colleagues in Singapore and South Africa, in 2008-9 she advised colleagues in Abu Dhabi, UAE; in 2009 she gave a keynote presentation with Graham Dominy of South Africa at the Association of Canadian Archives conference in Calgary, Canada. She was a member of an international team of three reviewing the work of the Swiss Federal Archives and also undertook a five-year review of the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) administered by the British Library. In 2011 she gave a presentation on the work of FIDA at the ICA Toledo conference and in 2012 is attending the ICA conference in Brisbane as chair of FIDA and giving a lecture at the State Library NSW. She has also been honoured by a lunch at the House of Commons hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History.