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.
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.
- Presentation slides by Martin Bazley Digital Heritage Consultant
- Digital learning examples given by delegates
- Guidelines and examples of good practice - Museums Galleries Scotland March 2007
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:
- Beverley Casebow and Maria Castrillo (National Library of Scotland) – Working in partnership with WEA Scotland (PDF 1.4MB)
- Rowan Fisher (Warwickshire Record Office) - What to do when the funding runs out: self-funding community events across Warwickshire (PPT. 3.19MB)
- Glynn Kelso and Janet Hancock (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) - Embedding learning indicators at PRONI (PDF. 1.4MB)
- Laura Gardner (Parliamentary Archives and Rhian Phillips (Glamorgan Archives) – People and Parliament: connecting with communities (PPT. 6.25MB)
- Lizzy Baker (East Riding of Yorkshire Archives) - 'Don't forget to write it down': setting up a new Family History course for adults (PPT. 454KB)
- Peter Monteith (Norfolk Record Office) – The Harbord of Gunton Project: using estate archives to engage with local communities (PDF. 3.1MB)
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.
- Mary Mills, English Heritage – Bored with using the same old images? PDF 5MB (introductory images - PPT. 1.24MB , with 'answers' - PPT. 1.25 MB )
- Clare Horrie, The National Archives, London - The Victorians: learning how to work like historians in the primary school classroom (DOC. 57KB)
- Suzie Parr and Jenny Blay, The Langley Academy – Creating online resources at The Langley Academy (PDF 2.62MB)
- Guy Baxter, University of Reading – Our friends next door: reaching audiences through internal partnerships at the University of Reading (PDF 465 KB)
- Aberdeenshire Heritage Education Partnership – A paper treasure partnership: case study of the work of a heritage partnership in Aberdeenshire (PPT. 8.15MB)
- Margaret McBryde, National Records of Scotland – New light on the Scottish Home Front (PPT. 1.74MB)
- Peter Montieth, Norfolk Record Office - The Harbord of Gunton Project: using estate archives to engage with local communities.pdf 3.15 Mb
- Laura Gardner, Parliamentary Archives and Rhian Phillips, Glamorgan Archives - People and Parliament: Connecting through Community Learning.ppt 6.25 Mb
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.
- Alan Muirden, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland - Learning to Let Go: Taking our First Steps in Social Media (PDF 6.65MB)
- Gary Brannan, West Yorkshire Archives - West Yorkshire’s Darkest Night (PDF 4.8MB)
- Dr Jan Merchant, Perth and Kinross Archives - Social Networking: a Triumph of Hope over Reason? (PDF 4.8MB)
- Laura Brouard and Ruth Honeybone, Lothian Health Services Archives -- Starting Out in Social Media (PPT. 1.9MB)
- Gail Durbin, Head of V&A Online, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Jo Pugh, The National Archives – What’s Your Story: Adventures in Social Media (PDF 2.4MB) (script from Vimeo presentation - DOC. 56KB )
A useful summary of the key points covered by speakers throughout the day is also available here:
Presentations from earlier training events can be found on our Community pages