News and Events
The next meeting is likely to be a joint meeting with the West Midlands region, taking place towards the end of July.
If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact our Secretary.
If you are new to the region or have not attended one of our meetings before, feel free to contact our New Members Representative to find out more about our meetings, which aim to be friendly and informative.
We are delighted that one of our Regional offices was nominated for the 2016 ARA Awards in the category of Record-Keeping Service of the Year - well done to the Record Office of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland!
Photos and resources from meetings
John Smedley's, in Lea, Derbyshire Wednesday 6th March 2019
John Smedley Archivist, Jane Middleton-Smith, hosted our meeting, giving a presentation about the company archive and arranging a tour of the site, which has operated as a factory since 1784. Coming from a museum background, Jane has worked on a number of research projects and archive collections in Derbyshire, including surviving material of Sir Richard Arkwright (father of the industrial revolution) and his descendants, the archives and artefacts of WW Winter of Derby, the world’s oldest photography studio. Since 2009 Jane has led a team of archive volunteers at John Smedley’s.
AGM at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham October 2018
Jo Robinson, Associate Professor in Drama and Performance
Director, Centre for Regional Literature and Culture on the Theatre Royal and University of Nottingham HLF Project
Karen Millhouse, Archivist, Derbyshire Record Office on their Pop-Up Archives Project
Shane Downer, Heritage Officer, Milton Keynes Borough Council: MK50 Update on Archives at the Heart of International New Town Networks
Peter Lester, PhD Student, University of Leicester gave a presentation on his PhD research: Exploring Archive Exhibitions
Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland June 2018
The meeting began with 'Over the Top with ROLLR: first-hand experience of ROLLR's approach to researching the great War'. See below for photos of the attendees entering into the spirit of things, at the only record office equipped with a WW1 trench. The afternoon featured a discussion on GDPR by Jon Elliott, ARA Head of Public Affairs. See the meeting minutes for more information.
Nottinghamshire Archives October 2018
Notes from the talk by Dr Nick Barratt from the meeting at Nottinghamshire Archives at 1:15pm on Friday 27th October 2017 can be found in the minutes.
Bletchley Park Summer 2017
Our summer meeting was held at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes (thanks to Shane Downar and Milton Keynes Council for their assistance in organising and paying for the meeting).
It included the following presentations:
- talk by Jon Elliott, Head of Public Affairs, Archives and Records Association on General Data Protection Principle with further notes on GDPR
- Stephanie Neild, Archivist, Leonard Cheshire Disability discussing a HLF funded project involving digitisation, outreach and oral histories to enable discovery of the history of the organisation
- Jaana Pinnick, Research Data and Digital Preservation Manager, British Geological Survey on planning digital preservation for geological time scale
MACE Tour Spring 2017
The Spring 2017 meeting was at the Media Archive for Central England which is based at Lincoln University. MACE is the regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands. MACE documents and preserves these films and videos, allowing access to them and contributing to the UK-wide network of publicly available moving image archives. MACE often holds public screenings across the region, airing some material that has often not been viewed in decades - giving an understanding of the regions heritage and its past.
The main aim of MACE is to preserve,"the rich cultural and social history of the Midlands, as reflected in film, for individuals and communities to learn from and enjoy - now and in the future." This is not only a great source of information, knowledge and research but a good source of entertainment and history; to be enjoyed as well as studied.
In addition to providing proper care and storage for materials, MACE also provides help and access for people that are looking for film, and for those needing advice on how to care for moving images outside of MACE.
For more information see http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/mace/
Summer 2015 Records Management meeting
Our meeting in July 2015 at De Montfort University in Leicester included a records management training session with the following presentations:
- Kathryn Roswell, Bank of England ‘Three years in…’
- Jason King, Department for Communities and Local Government Records Management Challenges
- Shane Downer, Milton Keynes Borough Council 'HLF STACCEss:MK project’ and ‘Fifty Years of Milton Keynes’
Some of the attendees from our April 2016 meeting at Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock, Derbyshire: