News and Events

News

29 May 2019

We have a vacancy on our executive committee for our Nation Chair. Full details of the role, and how to apply can be found here:

ARA Scotland Role Profile - Nation Chair

27 April 2019

Find out what we've been up to in the first part of 2019, with our Chair's update below.

ARA Scotland Chair's Update - April 2019

28 January 2019

Welcome to 2019! Below is an update from ARA Scotland's Chair, Karyn Williamson.

ARA Scotland Chair's Update - January 2019

19 January 2019

The Scottish Council on Archives and ARA Professional and Career Development and Pay Review Group invite you to join them for a workshop at General Register House, Edinburgh on 7 February. For further details, please see the information sheet below:

 SCA and ARA Workshop - Information Sheet

17 September 2018

ARA Scotland launches 2018 Scottish Explore Your Archive campaign with an event at Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow on 21 November. For further details, please see the press release below:

EYA Press Release

13 September 2018

Find out what we've been up to this summer in our Chair's Update, below.

ARA Scotland Chair's Update - September 2018

9 August 2018

We have a vacancy on our executive committee for a Training Officer. Full details of the role, and how to apply can be found here:

ARA Scotland Training Officer Advert

1 June 2018

The first Chair's Update is now available to view here. Find out what we've been up to in the first six months of 2018!

ARA Chair's Update - June 2018

17 May 2018

ARA Scotland is now on Wakelet! Wakelet is a platform for making stories from particular topics on the web and social media. We're using it to make a chronological record of the discussions that take place during #archivehour on Twitter. This means that anyone who can't join in live can still catch up afterwards. Why not take a look at some of the #archivehours discussions we've had already by clicking on the link below?

ARA Scotland on Wakelet

14 March 2018

Case studies, and the guide used to try and decide the level of risk, from the ‘Don’t Risk It!’ training event in January are now available - see below.

Don't Risk It! Case Studies

Don't Risk It! Risk Guide

2 March 2018

In October 2017 we asked our members to complete a short survey to tell us what they thought of ARAS, and what they felt we should be doing. Many thanks to all of those who took the time to do so. Below is a summary of the responses we received, and how we are tackling the issues raised.
 
 
As ever if you have any comments, suggestions or queries, please do get in touch with us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Events

You can find information on training events in 2019 below. Details of events planned for later in 2019 will be made available in due course.

Event Date Location Description & Booking
ArchI've learnt: Engaging with archives 8 August 2019 Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN 

Are you looking for new ways to engage
children or students with your collections?
This event will provide those working in
archives with ideas and inspiration by
showing some of the resources already
available in Scotland and examples of
what has worked in other archives.
Whether you have years of experience
of using your collections as educational
material or are wondering where to start,
we would love to welcome you to discuss
the possibilities! With presentations from
learning and engagement professionals
from Historic Environment Scotland, the
Scottish Council on Archives, the
University of Dundee, the National
Records of Scotland and the Highland
Archive Service, there will be something
of interest to everyone at this event.

 

Itinerary

10:30 - Registration and coffee


11:00 - Introduction


11:15 - “SCRAN - Archival Ingredients
for Learning”

Jackie Sangster, Learning Manager,
Historic Environment Scotland


11:45 - “The Dramatic Archive”

Douglas Roberts, Education
Development Officer, Scottish
Council on Archives


12:15 - Lunch (not included)


1:15 - “Inform, inspire, illuminate:
using archives in university teaching”

Dr Jan Merchant, Senior Archivist,
University of Dundee


1:45 – “Go Forth! Digital learning
resources: from glass plates to
3D scans”

Tessa Spencer, Head of Learning,
National Records of Scotland


2:30 - Tea/coffee


2:45 - “Mining the Archives:
inspiring creative writing in
Highland schools”

Lorna Steele, Community
Engagement Officer,
Highland Archive Service


3:15 - Q&A session with all speakers


3:45 - Close


This event is free to ARA members
only. 
 To book a place please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Digital Preservation 101 21 June 2019 Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, 1445 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AW

This event is for ARA members who would 
benefit from an introduction, or refresher,
on digital preservation. It will also be
beneficial to any ARA members who 
understands some elements of digital
preservation, but have struggled to apply
them at their respective institutions.

The goal of this event is to provide an
introduction to digital preservation, as
well as how theory can be applied in
real world situations. The event will
take place in two halves, with the
morning focussing on an introduction to
digital preservation, and the afternoon
providing examples of projects and
situations wherein these skills can be used.

Speakers

1. William Kilbride, Digital Preservation
Coalition

2. Tim Gollins and Garth Stewart,
National Records of Scotland

3. National Library of Scotland Moving
Image Archive

4. Fiona Bourne, Royal College of Nurses

This will be a free event for ARA members
only. Please note that lunch will not be provided.

To book your place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Innovative 

Social

Media

for

Archives

Thursday 23

May 2019,

10:30 – 4:00

University

of Stirling Library

Stirling

FK9 4LA

Innovative Social Media for Archives

Programme

10:30 - Registration and Coffee

11:00 - Introduction

11:30 - Stewart Hardy, National Library of Scotland,
          followed by Q & A

12:15 - Tea & Coffee

12:30 - Johanna Green, University of Glasgow,
          followed by Q & A

1:15 - Lunch

2:00 - Julie Devenney & Ravana Eagleheart,
          ARA Scotland

2:45 - Tea/Coffee

3:00 - David McLeod, Scottish Social Media
          Heritage Group, followed by Q & A

3:45 - Final Questions to Presenters

4:00 - Close

 

4:30 - Optional tour or Stirling University Library

 

How can archives use social media in truly innovative
ways to engage old and new audiences? This event
will provide an insight into the strategies of Scotland’s
most effective social media users. This event will be
accessible to everyone, no matter your experience
with social media, and will give you the skills and
exposure to unlock your archives using social media.
With presentations from Stewart Hardy (Marketing
Officer, National Library of Scotland), Dr Johanna Green
(Lecturer, University of Glasgow), and David McLeod
(Scottish Heritage Social Media Group), this event will
give expert insight into best practice, widening
accessibility, and effective social media campaigning.
There will be additional presentations by ARA Scotland
on how you can get involved with our current social
media campaigns.

 

Hosted in the wonderful Stirling University library,
this event will be followed by an optional tour of
the library and archives.

Places are limited, so book now via
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to avoid disappointment.

Volunteer

Managers

& People

Management

Monday 25

March 2019

Edinburgh

Central

Youth

Hostel,

9 Haddington

Place,

Edinburgh

EH7 4AL

Volunteer Managers & People Management

Programme

10.30 Registration and coffee

11.00 Introductions

11.30 Volunteer management: roles, responsibilities and skills

12.15 Tea/Coffee

12.30 Applying people management skills

1.15 Lunch (available locally)

2.00 Meeting the challenge: dealing with difficult situations

2.45 Tea/Coffee

3.00 Negotiation and resolving conflict in practice

4.00 Feedback on the day

4.15 Close

The training sessions will be run by Caroline Williams, 
Independent Archival Consultant, who can be contacted
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is an ARA member event only - places are limited to 24 so we recommend you book quickly!

To request a place, please contact Lorraine Logan, Office Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARA

Scotland

AGM

& General

Data

Protection

Regulation

(GDPR)      

Friday 28

September

2018

John

Sinclair

House,

16 Bernard

Terrace,

Edinburgh,

EH8 9NX

ARA Scotland AGM & GDPR

Programme

• 9:30-10:45 - AGM

Updates on the past year and actions and goals for 2019 from:

• Karyn Williamson, Chair of ARA Scotland

• Karl Magee, Chair of the Board of ARA

• 10:45-11:00 - Tea Break

 • 11:00-13:00 - GDPR and Archives

Susan Healy, Retired Archivist, and Kevin Mulley,

The National Archives 

The training session will provide a summary of the Act,

information on derogations, safeguards and next steps.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions

afterwards.

Members are encouraged to submit any questions for

Kevin and Susan ahead of the session. Please forward any

questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• 13:00-14:00 - Lunch (Generously provided by

Historic Environment Scotland)

• 14:00-16:00 - Archivists of Scottish Local

Authorities Working Group

The second half of the day will be dedicated to ASLAWG

Places are limited - To book a place please contact

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basic

Conservation

for

Archivists

Friday

26

October

2018

Centre for

Research

Collections

Edinburgh

University

Library

30 George

Square

Edinburgh

EH8 9LJ

Basic Conservation for Archivists

ARA members £25    Non-members £30

Only 10 places available Book Online here.

Programme

Morning - Talks: 10:00 - 12:00

10:00-10:30: Tea

10:30-11:10: The Common Dos and Don'ts of Basic

Conservation: Gloria Conti and Peter Dickson,

Conservators, National Records of Scotland

11:10-12:00: The Correct Storage and Monitoring of

Archival Materials: Katharine Richardson,

Preventative Conservator, University of Edinburgh

12:00-13:00: Lunch (provided) 

Afternoon - practical workshop: 13:00-15:00

Basic Cleaning: How to make a cleaning tray, and clean

objects with smoke sponge: Emily Hick,

Special Collections Conservator, University of Edinburgh

- Making a Book Shoe: Emily Hick, Special Collections

Conservator, University of Edinburgh

- Making a Four Flap Box: Emily Hick, Special Collections

Conservator, University of Edinburgh

15:00-15:30: Tea

15:30-16:30: Looking through the microscope: Identifying

common pests: Katharine Richardson, Preventative

Conservator, University of Edinburgh

 

Conservation materials are generously supplied for this

event by Conservation by Design

To book your place, please email 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your dietary

or special needs requirements

       

Explore

Your

Archive

Launch

Event

Wednesday

21

November

2018

Hutcheson's

Grammar

School,

21 Beaton

Road,

Glasgow

Launch of Scotland's Explore Your Archive Campaign

ARA Scotland is launching the Scottish version of this year's Explore Your Archive campaign with an event in Glasgow aimed at education and heritage professionals.

Archives are everywhere. They are the building blocks which help us shape our view of the world and understand our place in society. The importance of an introduction to archives at an early age cannot be underestimated and the education sector can, and should, play a pivotal role in this induction.

The Explore Your Archive Scotland Launch will take place on 21 November at Hutcheson’s Grammar School, 21 Beaton Road, Glasgow from 5pm until 9pm. A number of exhibitors from the archive sector including the National Records of Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Archives and the University of Dundee, will showcase the innovative work they have been involved in to encourage pupils at both primary and secondary school to engage with archives. They will also be available to discuss the support that can be provided to teachers interested in using archives in the classroom. A wine reception will accompany the launch presentations.

To book use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-your-archive-scotland-launch-2018-tickets-48892831776

Resources

We had a highly successful 'Innovative Social Media' event on 23 May 2019 at Stirling University. Below you will find the slides from some of our presenters.

Stewart Hardy, National Library of Scotland

Julie Devenney and Ravana Eagleheart, ARA Scotland

David McLeod, Culture Perth & Kinross, Scottish Museums Federation & Scottish Heritage Social Media Group

 


 

You can keep up to date with ARA Scotland on our Facebook page: @scotlandara and if you're on Twitter, why not follow our latest news there? Find us at: @ARAScot

#archivehour on Twitter

We were incredibly excited to be the first hosts of #archivehour on 26 October 2017 when our topic of discussion was digital preservation. #archivehour continues on the last Thursday of each month when you'll be able to get involved, asking and answering questions on key issues in the archive sector. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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