Governance

Our objective is to collect and disseminate materials that have genealogical, historical, or cultural significance. We want to ensure that our collections are appropriately stored, preserved, managed, and researched. Our commitment to managing Polmanarkivet in an open and honest way means that our governing policies and procedures are openly available.

Polmanarkivet’s story

Polmanarkivet is a digital archive and museum related to the Polman, Påhlman, and von Pohlmann family, with an extensive repository of digital collections, interactive exhibits, and research material. We are unique in bringing together information about all branches of the Polman family, spanning continents and cultures. Discover more about our story, our past, and our aspirations for the future.

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Governance

Polmanarkivet is not a registered charity or not-for-profit.

In our jurisdiction, registration requires establishing a legal structure such as a company or incorporated association. This comes with complicated responsibility and reporting that we do not have the resources to do. We have no current plans to register as a company or incorporated association.

However, our activities are not-for-profit in practice. Polmanarkivet is currently self-funded and we receive no grants or operational income. All external contributions go toward our research and curation activities. Our commitment to managing Polmanarkivet openly and honestly means that our governing policies and procedures are openly available. This ensures that there is some accountability without the need to incorporate.

Mission & vision

Mission

The mission describes Polmanarkivet’s main purpose:

Polmanarkivet inspires a diverse audience by illuminating the lives and histories of the Polman, Påhlman, & von Pohlmann families.

Core values

We boldly champion connection and equitable access to materials, working together in collaboration, and practising responsible curation to safeguard collections for future generations. These aren’t just values, they’re our ethical compass, influencing every choice we make. Together, these core values are the gold standard against which all Polmanarkivet’s activities are measured.

Vision

The vision describes Polmanarkivet’s ambition. It is grounded in our mission and core values, guiding us towards where we want to be in the future.

Polmanarkivet has the following vision:

We strive to collect and disseminate materials that have genealogical, historical, or cultural significance, and ensure that our collections are appropriately stored, preserved, managed, and researched.

We are driven by an ambition to delve as far back into history as possible, documenting every Polman, Påhlman, and von Pohlmann that ever existed. We aim to engage archivists, curators, and genealogists to realise this ambition to preserve this history.

Polmanarkivet aspires to establish itself as a leader in its core areas of expertise: research, family history, digital collections, publications, and social media. We strive to serve as a bridge for the museum and genealogy sectors, demonstrating the potential at the intersection of genealogy, history, and curation.

Our people

Learn more about the people behind Polmanarkivet here.

Policies, procedures and reviews

A full range of policies covering every area of Polmanarkivet activity are coming shortly.

Acquisitions policy
Conservation policy
De-accession policy
Risk management policy
Volunteer policy
Privacy policy
Cookie policy
Terms of use
Copyright notice
Accessiblity statement

Annual reviews

We undertake annual reviews of Polmanarkivet’s work, providing a snapshot of our activities of the past year.

Enquiries and feedback

We welcome questions and comments from visitors. In order to constantly improve the experience of our visitors and the service we offer, we pay close attention to the feedback and enquiries we receive. These messages are reported on a monthly basis and inform decisions taken around Polmanarkivet. All the enquiries and feedback addressed to us will be handled with security and confidentiality.

Here are some ways you can get in touch:

Email: [email protected]
We aim to respond to emails within five working days.

Direct message us at instagram.com/polmanarkivet
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Contact us via the form below
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