Resources

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ALES committee members have pooled their knowledge and scoured their internet favourites to put together a directory of key web links, including curriculum material, learning organisations and educational resources.

We hope that these will be useful for education and heritage professionals alike. The document will be updated regularly - please contact us with any additions to it!

ALES useful links (PDF 37 KB)

NEW: ALES HE/FE web resources 2015 (DOCX 27KB)
A useful introduction to online resources which can be used with HE / FE / Lifelong learning students, compiled by ALES chair Dr Ellie Pridgeon.

'Using Archives in Higher Education' by Gillian Spraggs (PDF 194KB)

A useful study commissioned by the Society of Archivists in 2008.

 

Past conferences and training events

Digital learning on a shoestring held at the National Archives on 16 November 2015

Are you interested in experimenting with digital learning but feel unsure how or where to start? Or perhaps you are already involved in planning or developing digital learning, and would like an update on best practice and tips for achieving more with less.  The documents below are from this training day for you to download.

 

ALES conference delegates at PRONI, June 2013

2013 conference: Bridging the Gap: Archives for HE/FE Students

The Public Record of Northern Ireland, 24 June 2013

Increasing user participation and reaching out to new audiences rank high in the archives agenda for the 21st century. However, how are archivists ensuring that university and further education students, one of their traditional user-groups, are also part of this inclusive approach?

Last year’s ALES annual conference and AGM was held at the Public Record of Northern Ireland on 24th June. The day brought together delegates and speakers from across the UK. The main theme was how archivists can work more closely with university and college students, and in so doing bridge the gap between this traditional user group and the archive as a space for learning, discovery and the acquisition of new transferable skills.

Presentations included a mixture of case studies based on a wide range of experiences from university and national archives to specialist and local authority repositories. Some of the key concepts that emerged through the day were ‘skills’, ‘collaboration’ and ‘creativity’. A combination of the three underpins the planning and delivery of successful initiatives and hopefully will allow professionals to address challenges and turn them into opportunities for the future.


Dr Bethany Sinclair, The Public Record of Northern Ireland –
Mind the gap: building a bridge between the archive catalogue and graduate research students.[Powerpoint slides as PDF, 1.42 MB]
Bethany_Sinclair_ALES_Paper_June_2013.pdf [Presentation text as PDF, 437kb]

Neil Wiffen, Essex Record Office 
- Breaking down barriers: : encouraging undergraduate use of the Essex Record Office.[PDF 3.92Mb]

Rebekah Taylor and Adele Martin-Bowtell, The University for the Creative Arts 
- UCA @ UCA: utilising creative archives at the University for the Creative Arts.http://www.slideshare.net/adele_uk/bridging-the-gap-26100758
Bridging the Gap paper [docx, 33kb]

Dr Matt Greenhall and Dr Jess Nelson, The National Archives – Bridging the gap between Policy and Practice: the contribution of archives to research landscapes, emerging partnerships and hands-on research skills. [ppt 1.22mb]   ALEs_conference_paper1.docx  [Dr Matt Greenhall's speaker's notes, docX 32kb]

 

2012 Conference and AGM
'Not just for the children': Archives in Community and Adult Education

The ALES AGM and conference was held on Monday 11th June at Hull History Centre. 

This year’s conference focused on how archivists use their rich collections to engage with adult learners and community groups. The day brought together an exciting mixture of speakers from across the UK and Ireland who shared their first hand experience and knowledge about a wide range of issues. Presentations from the day are now available below: 

 

Spring training day at the Langley Academy

'Archives go to school: creating educational resources for teachers that teachers want' was held on Friday 23rd March 2012 at the Langley Academy, Slough, Berkshire.

This training event focused on how to make teachers and educators aware of archives as resources they can use to enrich the learning experience in the classroom. Speakers included archives professionals, learning and outreach officers as well as educators and presentations from the day are available below.

 

Engage, Share, Participate: Widening Learning and Access to Archives through Social Media

The 2011 Conference and AGM was held at HM General Register House Edinburgh on 13 June. Speakers from the archives and museums and galleries sector shared their first hand experience of using social media to enhance users’ participation and engage with communities.

Speakers included:

A useful summary of the key points covered by speakers throughout the day is also available here:

 

ALES_conference_June2011_summary.pdf (PDF 63.11KB)

Presentations from earlier training events can be found on our Community pages