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  

2016 Advert2Conference Registration is now open

Conference bursaries applications are now available see below


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.   



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


Conference bursaries applications

ARA members from the UK, Ireland and overseas can now apply for the 2016 Conference bursaries for our annual conference at the London Wembley Hilton Hotel to be held between 31st August 2016 and 2nd September 2016.

To apply you must be an individual member of the Association who has been a member for at least one year and who is, at the closing date for applications, either a student member, a full member, an overseas member, a registration candidate or is registered on the conservation certificate course.

The bursary includes full conference attendance (the 3-day programme, 2 nights accommodation and food – alcohol is not included) and travel expenses of up to £120/€170. Please note: the same maximum travelling expenses apply to all members, from UK, Ireland and overseas.

Those who have not previously received a bursary will be given preference.

Submissions for the bursaries must be received by 10am on 13 May 2016.

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 conference bursary application form