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.   


Tina Staples Keynote speakerThursday 1st September

Keynote Speaker - Tina Staples, Global Head of Archives, HSBC Holdings PLC HGHQ

We are pleased to announce our first keynote speaker for this year's London conference, Tina Staples, photo opposite. Tina is at the forefront of digital preservation initiatives and will be speaking about what is coming over the horizon.

Look out for two more exciting keynote announcements in the coming weeks.




Friday 2nd September

Keynote Speaker - Anthea Case CBE, Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund

Since 2005 Anthea has been the Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund, a U.K. based grant making foundation, which funds endangered nature and endangered culture ( In that capacity she chairs the International Panel which advises on the distribution of grants through Arcadia's Endangered Archive Programme run by the British Library. Between 1995 and 2003 she was CEO of the 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.

Anthea will focus on the questions raised by Arcadia's approach (preservation rather than conservation) to securing the future of endangered cultural knowledge, particularly in non western countries.



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