Elizabeth oxborrow-cowan consultant archivist


A very experienced
professional archivist

I have a detailed knowledge of the technical and strategic issues archive services face and the context within which they operate. I advise on operational matters, service development and transformation, and wider sector issues. I also have extensive professional involvement including sitting on the Archives Accreditation Committee, being a Trustee of Archives West Midlands, and chairing UNESCO’s Memory of the World UK Programme.

An extensive consultancy practice

Since 2003 I have worked right across the UK with every type of archive service in the public and private sectors including local authorities, museums, universities, libraries, businesses and collaborative ventures. I also work with policy makers, sector leads and professional bodies. I also work alongside other professionals as my associates.


I have a Masters in Archive Administration, and I am a
Registered Member of the Archives and Records Association
and a member of the Institute of Consulting.

I am also very active within the archive sector.  I am on the
Archive Services Accreditation Committee and Chair of the
UK Committee for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.
I am an Expert Adviser and Mentor to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
I am also an Assessor and Mentor for the Archive and Record Association’s Registered Member scheme.





I have worked right across the UK with archive services of all types large and small, public and private, standalone and shared services. I work with clients as they need me e.g. on individual projects, occasional days, over a period of work or on a long-term retention basis.