"SHIC is a subject classification widely used by UK museums. It was created nearly 20 years ago by the SHIC Working Party which continues to develop it today. The first published edition appeared in 1983 and a revised second edition was published in 1993 with further updates in 1996. The Social History and Industrial Classification (SHIC) is designed to make links between a wide variety of museum material - objects, photographs, archival material, tape recordings, information files - according to the sphere of human activity with which they are primarily associated. The aim of the Classification is to make relationships between objects, etc. via their context. A carpenter's hammer, for example, is used with other carpenter's tools, and is therefore classified alongside those related items."