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Here you can access press releases issued by the Archives & Records Association and see where the organisation has appeared in the media.

You can also track latest news from the archives and record keeping sector.

For media queries please contact Jon Elliott, Head of Public Affairs, or telephone 07587 635402.


PRONI - a visitor's view

Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:21

'Go there at once!'

It’s November now and the new PRONI building in Belfast has had many wonderful ‘opening reviews’ in its first few months of operation. I expected to see a good, built-for-purpose facility, with the right storage, well-appointed reading room and search area. PRONI has all that. What I didn’t expect was to come away stunned by the public art within the building.

Two large artworks stand out. At the heart of the entrance hall a massive cabinet appears to hold pieces of parchment and vellum; in fact each piece is porcelain. As an artwork for an archive, it’s beautiful in every sense. But for me, the words have it... As you enter,  a John Hewitt poem, which explores the lyrical place names of Northern Ireland, is transcribed onto a massive, soaring piece of corten steel. ‘The names of a land show the heart of the race – they move on the tongue like the lilt of a song’.

To paraphrase Bill Bryson: 'If you have never been to [PRONI], go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful!'



Competency Framework

Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:02

Work begins

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ARA Chief Executive meets Zhejiang Province archivists

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:32

Second annual meeting takes place in London

The second annual meeting of the ARA with members of the Zhejiang Province Archives Bureau took place in October. Chief Executive John Chambers has committed to regular sharing of national issues with the group. The delegation included archivists from the cities of Shaoxing, Pinghu and Lishui as well as the Zhejiang archivists. The ARA is also to meet with the Chongqing Municipal Archives in December.



Calling all 'Why Be?' guides highlight the benefits of playing your part with the ARA

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:22

The ARA has launched a series of Why Be?' guides that help to explain the benefits of volunteering for the ARA via your Section or National or Regional group.

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ARA President calls for 'more Archive Pace Setters'

Friday, 07 October 2011 13:41

Caroline Williams has called for more archives to 'step forward and be recognised' under the Archive Pace Setter Scheme.

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Archive Pace Setter Success

Friday, 07 October 2011 13:12

 ‘We now have a working digital archive, with public access’ – and Archive Pace Setter recognition!.

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ARA Board agrees roles and portfolios

Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:05

New Vice-Chair to lead on business plan progress

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Annual PSQG Forum theme is 'Redefining Quality'

Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:20

'Timely to share some possible ways forward'

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Caroline Williams is new ARA President

Friday, 09 September 2011 08:34

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Conservation success

Thursday, 08 September 2011 10:13

Conservators' achievements recognised

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Scotland's Archives Matter

Thursday, 08 September 2011 09:59

New advocacy publication

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