Craig Gauld

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Lecturer in Archive and Information Studies and School of Humanities Distance-Learning Officer


Dr Craig Gauld has an honours degree in History from the University of Strathclyde, a postgraduate degree in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow, a PhD in Archival Theory from the University of Glasgow and is a professional archivist. He is Lecturer in Archive and Information Studies, the School of Humanities (SoH) Distance-Learning Officer, CAIS Records Management Programme Leader and sits on the SoH Learning & Teaching and Quality Assurance Committees.


Teaching and Research


Dr. Craig Gauld carries out research into Recordkeeping Theory, the role of the Archivist in the 21st Century and how the changing nature of information threatens the recordkeeping profession. His latest publication argues that 'a challenge to the archive has emerged over the past decade with the potential to alter the archival profession and change the role of the archivist as it has been traditionally understood. At its core is a call for the full democratisation of knowledge. Advocates of this movement take on notions of control and mediation in the digital realm, a consequence of which is the potential by-passing of the privileger / gatekeeper. This paper will examine this shift and will argue that now, more than ever, the profession needs to understand and recognise the transformative and democratic effects the archive can have via the act of privileging as it is precisely our continuing reliance upon filtering information for dissemination and preservation that will keep the profession relevant and important in the twenty-first century.' 


Tutor of 3 core postgraduate modules on the Archives and Records Management pathway

  • The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping (Sept 2011-Jan 2012; Sept 2012-Jan 2013; Jan-May 2013; Sept 2013-Jan 2014; Jan-May 2014; Sept 2014-Jan 2015; May-Sept 2015; Sept 2015-Jan 2016; May 2016-Sept 2016; Sept 2016-Jan 2017)
  • Archive Management: Principles and Practice (Sept 2010-Jan 2011; Jan-May 2011; Jan-May 2012; May-Sept 2013)
  • Archive Services, Access and Preservation (May-Sept 2014; Jan-May 2015; Jan-May 2016; Jan-May 2017)

Tutor of 2 undergraduate modules

  • Outreach and Education: An Introduction to the Dissemination and Promotion of Archives (Jan-May 2015)
  • An Introduction to the Management and Preservation of Archives (Jan-Mar 2017)


Selected Publications

C. Gauld, ‘Democratising or Privileging: The democratisation of knowledge and the role of the archivist’ Archival Science (available at

 Selected Presentations

  • ‘Neither a Prisoner of our Past nor a Slave to the Future’, Archives and Records Association Conference. With C. Brown (London, 2016)
  • ‘Cataloguing 101’ Archives in Museums Workshop (Aberdeen, 2014)
  • ‘Archival Accountability: the demise of professional responsibility and the dilution of public trust’ Archives and Records Association Conference (Cardiff, 2013)
  • ‘Democratising and Privileging: an evaluation of the role of gatekeeper in the twenty-first century’. Democratising or Privileging: the future of access to archives conference (Dundee, 2013)
  • ‘Developing your family history research through online distance-learning’. Scottish Family History Forum workshop, (Maryhill, May 2012)
  • ‘Frankness and Caution’: Chronicling the History of the University of Dundee’. Academic Culture of Remembrance Conference (Ghent, March 2011)
  • 'The Corroborative and Transformative Archive'. Archive Fervour/Archive Further Conference (Aberystwyth, July 2008)
  • ‘From Things to Experiences: Relativism, Identity and the Archive’. Investigating the Archive: the Philosophy of the Archive Conference (Edinburgh, April 2008)