Archives help to tell the story of our past and preserve our collective memory and cultural identity. They collect and keep safe records of your life, your community, your business, your nation and your world, and make them accessible. Archives provide first-hand information or evidence relating to historical events or figures, and can include items such as letters, reports, registers, maps, photographs and films, digital files and sound recordings. There is an archive service in Wales near you, and this booklet tells you more about them, and some of their recent work and achievements.