The ARA Conference

This annual event brings together the influential players of the recordkeepingsector. High profile speakers discuss latest developments and delegatescan network with fellow members of the community 

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Conference theme: 'Global Futures'

We know our future is a global one. Global relationships, interactions, communications and connectivity are shifting the way in which we live and work. The record, its information content and memory are an increasing global commodity and as professional custodians we are responsible for authenticity and integrity; which in turn ensures that global research, knowledge exchange, collective memory, political and legal rights, are able to be explored, scrutinized and upheld. Our professional lives often focus on pragmatic response to everyday situations, but we face a constant requirement to communicate and demonstrate to ourselves and to others our ability to place our work firmly in the future.

Conference update

The ARA conference is getting close and following the announcement of keynote speakers we are pleased to see a surge in registrations.

For those of you who have not been to an ARA conference take a look at this short video to get a taste

The fun side of conference is spearheaded by Sixties tribute act The Revolvers

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The City of London is hosting the first night drinks reception at the Guildhall Art Gallery. This is a fabulous building

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Conference 2016 Keynote Speakers

Colin PrescodWednesday 31st August

Colin Prescod

Chair of the Institute of Race Relations in the UK

Our keynote speaker on the opening day - 31 August - is Colin Prescod. Having worked in archives and heritage for around fifteen years, Colin is currently Chair of the Institute of Race Relations in the UK ( He has been involved for a long time with the Huntley Archives project at London Metropolitan Archives (one of LMA’s most significant collections from the African-Caribbean community). Colin will explore 'the global in the local', how the most local or smallest archive have disproportionate emotional impact and power in minority or displaced communities. He will take you out of your comfort zone and expose you to different ways of thinking about your collections and deposits, along with how you manage diversity and minority outreach. 



Tina Staples Keynote speakerThursday 1st September 

Tina Staples

Global Head of Archives, HSBC Holdings PLC HGHQ

On 1 September, our main speaker is Tina Staples. Tina is Global Head of Archives at banking giant HSBC Plc ( and at the forefront of issues affecting archivists and records managers across the corporate sector, most notably data and digital preservation. She will discuss an issue that cuts across the public, private and voluntary sectors: ‘Big Data in a Connected World: Friend or Foe?’ Now fifty years into the so-called Computer Age, we face unprecedented data volumes. We have created more data since 2014 than in all human history up to then. One trillion photographs alone were captured in 2015, with billions shared online. By 2020, 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second, for every person alive. Tina will explore if we – as a profession - are even close to keeping pace and our future role now that every global citizen is preserving a mind-boggling range of born-digital records, and disseminating data and assets to ever-growing global audiences. In her view, professional record-keepers are key to meeting the challenge, but we need to persuade senior managers of this and take the lead in shaping a new kind of records and archiving culture. 



Anthea Case CBE

Friday 2nd September 

Anthea Case 

Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund

On 2 September, Anthea Case, delivers our final keynote. Since 2005, Anthea has been Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund, a UK-based grant-making foundation, which supports endangered nature and culture ( Anthea currently chairs Arcadia’s International Panel, which advises its Endangered Archive Programme (run by the British Library). From 1995 to 2003, Anthea was CEO of the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund and, until 2010, Chair of the Heritage Alliance. She currently serves on the boards of a number of arts and heritage organisations. As well as updating us on the latest global view on grant-giving, Anthea will focus on front-line challenges facing the preservation and conservation community, notably the future of endangered cultural knowledge in non-western countries. As many members think about (or re-evaluate) their organisations’ strategy for engaging with funding bodies, this is an opportunity to hear (and learn) from one of the leading thinkers and practitioners.



We are confident our sector is creative, innovative, adaptable and firmly forward facing. That is why in 2016, we will hear about our Global Future at the ARA annual conference.

The response to our call for papers was tremendous and the scope and scale of submissions wide-ranging. We will have speakers from all of the UK and Ireland, and from Sweden, Thailand, Germany, and the USA. We have strands for Archives and Records, Conservation and Digital Preservation/Digital Archives and Records. Three days. 92 speakers. 69 papers, workshops and panel discussions. Information village, ARA Hub. Research posters. Professional networking. Social events. You!

2016 Programme is now available click here