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The next East Midlands regional meeting will be held at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland from 10.30am on Thursday 7 June 2018. It will feature a presentation and discussion on GDPR by Jon Elliott, ARA Head of Public Affairs, and an intriguing and exciting trip to the WW1 trenches at the record office.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact our Secretary.

If you are new to the region or have not attended one of our meetings before, feel free to contact our New Members Representative to find out more about our meetings, which aim to be friendly and informative.





We are delighted that one of our Regional offices has been nominated for the 2016 ARA Awards in the category of Record-Keeping Service of the Year - well done to the Record Office of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland!


Photos and resources from meetings

Nottinghamshire Archives October 2018

Notes from the talk by Dr Nick Barratt from the meeting at Nottinghamshire Archives at 1:15pm on Friday 27th October 2017 can be found in the minutes.


Bletchley Park Summer 2017

Summer 2017

Our summer meeting was held at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes (thanks to Shane Downar and Milton Keynes Council for their assistance in organising and paying for the meeting).

It included the following presentations: 


MACE Tour Spring 2017

MACE tour

MACE Viewing room














The Spring 2017 meeting was at the Media Archive for Central England which is based at Lincoln University. MACE is the regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands. MACE documents and preserves these films and videos, allowing access to them and contributing to the UK-wide network of publicly available moving image archives. MACE often holds public screenings across the region, airing some material that has often not been viewed in decades - giving an understanding of the regions heritage and its past.

The main aim of MACE is to preserve,"the rich cultural and social history of the Midlands, as reflected in film, for individuals and communities to learn from and enjoy - now and in the future." This is not only a great source of information, knowledge and research but a good source of entertainment and history; to be enjoyed as well as studied.

In addition to providing proper care and storage for materials, MACE also provides help and access for people that are looking for film, and for those needing advice on how to care for moving images outside of MACE.

MACE editing suite

For more information see


Summer 2015 Records Management meeting

Our meeting in July 2015 at De Montfort University in Leicester included a records management training session with the following presentations:

Some of the attendees from our April 2016 meeting at Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock, Derbyshire:

ARA East Midlands Meeting 2016 Matlock, Derbyshire














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