Archives for Learning and Education Section


Welcome to the Archives for Learning and Education Section


The Archives for Learning and Education Section aims to:

  • promote the educational use of archives in a world of lifelong learning
  • provide a forum for members interested in the use of archives in education
  • assist archivists to help teachers and students through training events
  • foster educational links between archives and related bodies


The name of this group is intended to suggest the broad spectrum of learning activities to which the use of archives is relevant. It is also an acknowledgement that people coming into contact with the group may use different terminology to describe their work in this area.

Therefore, in this context, 'education' is used to describe formal learning, that is, structured learning that is usually provided by people with teaching experience or experience of working in schools, colleges or higher education institutions. In this sense, it also implies that it is learning that usually works toward pre-defined learning outcomes and often results in some kind of certification or qualification. On the other hand, 'learning' is here used to describe other types of learning that are less formal, for example, the kind of indirect learning and skills that visitors often achieve as a by-product of researching their family or local history.


  • To offer training and resources to those working in archives and education and learning through courses, self-help groups and the web.
  • To monitor educational and learning developments and respond where appropriate.
  • To offer the appropriate guidance to people who have acquired or are in the process of trying to acquire funding for education and learning projects.

Section information

Here you'll find:

  • Committee members' contact details, section news and details of activities, training and events
  • Minutes of ALES meetings
  • Useful links including curriculum material, learning organisations and educational resources.

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