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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives & History

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives & History

This is where brief notices and updates about the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History will be posted, along with discussions about its work and advance notices of meetings open to the public.
Created on: Monday, 07 February 2011
10 Members 1 Discussion 1 Wall Post
ARA Conservation Training Scheme

ARA Conservation Training Scheme

A Group for the committee, instructors and trainees involved with The ARA Training Scheme for Archive Conservators. The course aims to equip candidates with the wide variety of skills now required of archive conservators. The scheme was formed in the early 1970's in recognition of the growing demands being placed on conservators and to assist the development from a craft based skill to the multidisciplinary occupation that is conservation today. The scheme has responded to the demands of the profession and undergone several reviews. It is currently undergoing its most thorough review responding to current thinking in training and assessment, the introduction of accreditation for conservators and demands from within the profession for yet higher standards. The Scheme is recognised nationally by County councils and Unison, and by the ARA as the conservation qualification leading onto the pre-registration training scheme. A major element of the scheme is practical training. Candidates undertake 26 weeks of intensive one to one instruction. The instruction is broken into sessions of varying length covering each area of practical work a candidate is likely to come across within an archive office. The instruction takes place at assessed instructing offices around the country under the guidance of qualified instructors. Each instructor has been assessed in the subject area or areas they are qualified to teach and is considered an expert in that field. Each practical session is followed up by a report which provides an element of continuous assessment for the scheme, alongside further practical work within the candidates office and the completion of notes relating to the training. Any practical work that a conservator undertakes must be both ethically and theoretically sound. These considerations are enforced not just by the practical training but also through private study, based on a set book list; scientific training at a week long chemistry course and through a Lecture Series that is provided specifically for candidates, although open and of interest to many others. Candidates on the scheme receive support from the Registrar and through Trainees Meetings which are held twice a year. These meetings have increasingly formed part of the theoretical background to the scheme, in addition to providing a forum for candidates to meet and discuss progress. The scheme culminates in a written examination and an oral assessment. As part of the exam candidates have to produce a conservation report on a selection of documents presented at the exam, this includes a detailed description, a treatment proposal and storage recommendations, they are also expected to produce preservation recommendations. At the oral assessment candidates present a portfolio of their work covering the full range of archive materials, they are expected to discuss the portfolio explaining the work undertaken, what alternatives there may have been and why the particular method used was chosen. Also discussed is the role of conservation within an office and other issues affecting conservation. The scheme has introduced modular training, so it is possible to attend placements in specific subjects, completing all or part of the Training Scheme. The modules can also be used by professionals requiring updated techniques in a certain field or to refresh themselves in a certain specialized area. The Training Scheme is open to ARA members employed in Conservation. Candidates are expected to take two to three years to complete the scheme. Registration costs £1,600 which includes access to 24 weeks of 1:1 tuition and all examination costs. The week long Lecture Series and Chemistry Course week are in addition. For further details contact Deborah Phillips, Registrar, by e-mail deborah.phillips@devon.gov.uk.
Created on: Thursday, 12 May 2011
12 Members 2 Discussions 4 Wall Posts
ARC

ARC

A place to discuss and feedback on ARC, the ARA's monthly publication - share your thoughts and comments on articles in the latest edition, or ask questions of or make suggestions to the editorial board!
Created on: Monday, 31 January 2011
17 Members 1 Discussion 0 Wall Posts
Archive Conservation

Archive Conservation

Group for Archive Conservation
Created on: Wednesday, 27 October 2010
29 Members 5 Discussions 3 Wall Posts
Archive Pace Setters

Archive Pace Setters

This is a group designed to bring together people who have received Archive Pace Setter status for projects within their organisation - and people who might like to become Pace Setters! More info about the programme is available at http://www.archives.org.uk/campaigns/archive-pace-setter-scheme.html
Created on: Wednesday, 04 May 2011
4 Members 1 Discussion 1 Wall Post
Archive Service Accreditation - help for applicants

Archive Service Accreditation - help for applicants

This group exists to promote sharing and discussion between applicants for Archive Service Accreditation. As the scheme rolls out it will be a learning experience for the entire archives sector and this group provides a space to explore that.
Created on: Friday, 05 July 2013
2 Members 3 Discussions 0 Wall Posts
Archives for Learning and Education Section

Archives for Learning and Education Section

A forum for members interested in the use of archives in education and lifelong learning.
Created on: Tuesday, 26 April 2011
37 Members 0 Discussions 4 Wall Posts
Chief Archivists in Local Government Group

Chief Archivists in Local Government Group

Welcome to the CALG Group! We exist to promote the preservation and use of archives which are (or, in the opinion of the Group, should be) in the care of local authorities with archive powers in England and Wales. Our objectives are to influence the policies and practices of European, national and local governments, and others, in support of the above aim; to promote the exchange of ideas and information among local authority archive services and with others; and to promote activities in support of the above aim.
Created on: Wednesday, 02 November 2011
10 Members 1 Discussion 0 Wall Posts
Consultations

Consultations

From time to time ARA are asked to provide responses to consultation exercises from Government and other bodies. This Group will include details of current consultation processes and will provide Members with the opportunity to provide information, ideas and comments for consideration by ARA Officers when compiling the official ARA response to the consultation.
Created on: Monday, 07 March 2011
4 Members 1 Discussion 0 Wall Posts
Continuing Professional Development - free and frank discussion

Continuing Professional Development - free and frank discussion

This group is designed to offer a private, professional space to discuss proposed developments in CPD. This is a closed community whose content is accessible only to site members. The CPD working group want to encourage a space where people can talk freely and express their views without reservations. We need to get a range of views from across the profession on what would or would not work for ARA's future CPD. We're developing this group as one way of engaging with ARA members. We are working on the prnciple that what's said in the group, stays in the group - though an overview of the opinions expressed by members will be reviewed by the CPD working group and will have an effect on developing the working group's proposals for CPD.
Created on: Friday, 01 April 2011
44 Members 1 Discussion 5 Wall Posts
CPD group

CPD group

The Archives and Records Association is committed to supporting the continuing professional development (CPD) of its members. The Professional Development Committee has convened a working group to scope, shape and consult members on a CPD framework. The first meeting of the group is at the end of March 2011. We want to know what members think about CPD and how a framework could best support the professional journey.
Created on: Sunday, 13 February 2011
13 Members 2 Discussions 1 Wall Post
CPD Pilot participants

CPD Pilot participants

A group open to those participating in the ARA CPD pilot project to allow discussion, sharing of experience, and constructive criticism as the CPD framework develops 2014-2016
Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2014
1 Member 0 Discussions 0 Wall Posts
Cuts to Archive & Records Services

Cuts to Archive & Records Services

This is the place for you to keep the Association and fellow Members informed about cuts and service reductions or reorganisations in your area. Please let us know anything that is in the public domain (with links to online documentation if possible) or else in the pipeline. The information gathered will enable the Association to feed in examples and case studies into the ongoing advocacy work undertaken on behalf of Members by Officers and staff. Members can also share experiences of what has worked and what hasn't in terms of lobbying and relationship building with decision-makers and opinion-formers locally.
Created on: Monday, 31 January 2011
27 Members 2 Discussions 1 Wall Post
Descriptive Standards Roundtable

Descriptive Standards Roundtable

This group exists to discuss issues around descriptive practice and standards, and is being carried out under the joint aegis of the Archives and Records Association Section for Archives and Technology and UKAD (United Kingdom Archives Discovery Network). Launched at the UKAD Forum in 2013, the project aims to stimulate debate and action in the area of descriptive standards and interoperability.
Created on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013
10 Members 4 Discussions 0 Wall Posts
Diversity

Diversity

Area for discussions relating to the Diversity Working Group and other diversity-related issues. See also ARA's diversity webpage: http://www.archives.org.uk/ara-in-action/diversity.html
Created on: Monday, 18 June 2012
9 Members 7 Discussions 0 Wall Posts
East Midlands

East Midlands

This region covers the following areas: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire
Created on: Wednesday, 01 September 2010
20 Members 1 Discussion 6 Wall Posts
Eastern

Eastern

This region covers the following areas: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
Created on: Wednesday, 01 September 2010
17 Members 0 Discussions 0 Wall Posts
Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive

This is a group for sharing ideas and making contacts for the new campaign for the archives sector. What are you thinking of putting in your box? Do you have a particular story planned? Do you need ideas for themes or good people to contact? Had a brilliant idea that would benefit others? Want to be part of a joint story box? Share here!
Created on: Friday, 14 June 2013
1 Member 1 Discussion 0 Wall Posts
Film, Sound and Photography Section

Film, Sound and Photography Section

The section for Film, Sound and Photography was established to exchange views and information on film, sound and photographic archives and to encourage good practice among those concerned with their acquisition, preservation and arrangement.
Created on: Friday, 23 September 2011
37 Members 2 Discussions 3 Wall Posts
General information

General information

General discussion topics and comments
Created on: Wednesday, 01 September 2010
14 Members 0 Discussions 0 Wall Posts