On these pages you can find details of both upcoming and past events, aswell as ARAS announcements and opportunities. 


You can find information on upcoming training events for 2020 below.

ArchI’ve Optimised: SEO and Web Engagement

Date: 7 February 2020, 10:30 – 16:00 

Location : University of Glasgow Library, University of Glasgow, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE  

Event description


How can archives optimise their use of web platforms to reach new audiences? This training event will provide practical tips for website development, including SEO and launching new platforms. The event will feature presentations from Yellowbird Digital, Rosie al-Mulla (University of Stirling), and Sarah Ames (National Library of Scotland).




  • 10:30 - Registration and Coffee
  • 11:00 - Introduction
  • 11:15 – Yellow Bird Digital, “Google Analytics”
  • 12:15 - Tea & Coffee
  • 12:30 – Yellow Bird Digital, “Google Analytics”



  • 13:30 - Lunch



  • 14:30 – Rosie al-Mulla, University of Stirling
  • 15:30 - Tea/Coffee
  • 15:45 – Sarah Ames, National Library of Scotland
  • 15:45 – Final Questions
  • 16:00 – Close.  


To book a place please email the ARA Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find information on previous training events from 2019 below. 

Scotland Explore Your Archive Launch 2019

When: 25 November 2019, 18:00-21:00

Venue: The Dome, New Register House, 3 W Register St, Edinburgh EH1 3YT

This event is a celebration of the Scottish launch of the Explore Your Archive campaign. We will be joined by James Crawford (presenter of BBC1's Scotland from the Sky) and Dawn Sinclair (archivist at Harper Collins), as well as representatives from Scottish heritage organisations. To book, please visit the Eventbrite page.


ARA Scotland AGM and ArchI’ve Optimised Training Event

When: 3rd October 2019, 11.00-16:30

Venue: Henry Heaney Room, Level 12, Archives & Special Collections at the University of Glasgow Library

This event is free and for ARA members only.



10.30 Registration, Tea/Coffee

11.00 ARA Scotland AGM ARA Scotland Committee

11.30 Crowdsourced Wikipedia Rosie Al-Mulla, University of Stirling

12.00 Explore Your Archive Karyn Williamson, EYA Team

12.30 Lunch available locally

1.30 – 16.30 YellowBird Digital Search Engine Optimisation Workshop


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

Emotional Support in Archives

When: 17th September, 10:30am – 16:00

Venue: Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH28EP

**Event costs: ARA members: £25 Non-members: £30 - to secure a place Book Online here**

Archivists, Conservators and Records Managers regularly catalogue and process documents containing sensitive material as well as assisting readers to access documents which they may find upsetting or distressing. This event will include presentations from archivists and conservators with experience in this field. They will discuss their work with traumatic documents, share some of the coping mechanisms they have found helpful in their own work and give advice on some of the ways records professionals can support both members of staff and readers. There will be a time for discussion at the end of the presentations.



10:30 - Registration and coffee

11:00 - Introduction

11:10 – “Emotional support for records professionals - How Conservation at NRS manages this work” (Linda Ramsay, Head of Conservation, National Records of Scotland)

Working with the collections of the National Records of Scotland has required conservation and preservation staff in NRS to work with, and manage the impact of working with, distressing, sensitive and sometimes disturbing records. Linda will reflect on the experience of NRS conservation staff and share the methods they have developed for managing the emotional impact of such work.

11:50 – “Distressing and traumatic records: PRONI’s approach” (Wesley Geddis, Deputy Head of Records Management, Cataloguing and Access, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

PRONI holds and gives access to a range of records containing distressing information. For the past 4-5 years Wesley has been heavily involved in dealing with requests from victims and survivors of the troubles, and other traumatic experiences, who are seeking access to their own information or about incidents in which they were involved. He will discuss the steps PRONI has taken to support both staff and readers accessing this information.

12:30 - Lunch (included – please advise of any dietary requirements when booking)

1:30 – “A personal reflection on Mental Health First Aiding in the workplace” (Dina Strati, Records, Archives, and Document Management Team Lead, Midlothian Council) 

As part of her role at Midlothian Council, Dina Strati is a mental health first aider and mental health champion, trained by MHFA England. She will share some of her experiences, reveal what she has learnt through this work and give some practical tips on how to provide emotional support to others in the workplace.

2:10 – “Preserving our records and protecting our staff: the development of risk assessment and self-assessment tools in the National Records of Scotland” (Gillian Mapstone, Head of Records and Archives Engagement National Records of Scotland)

In fulfilling their mission to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history, NRS staff are exposed to emotionally demanding situations when working with records and the provision of access to them. NRS is developing a number of wellbeing risk assessment and self-assessment tools to identify, manage and mitigate these risks to protect and support the wellbeing of our workforce. Gillian will talk about the catalysts for, and the development of, these tools within NRS.

2:50 - Tea/coffee

3:10 – Open discussion

4:00 - Close



ArchI've learnt: Engaging with archives

When: 8 August 2019

Where: 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.


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

When: 21 June 2019

Where: 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.


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

When: Thursday 23 May 2019, 10:30 – 4:00

Where: University of Stirling Library, Stirling FK9 4LA

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. 


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

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 Management and People Management

When: Monday 25 March 2019

Where: Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, 9 Haddington Place, Edinburgh EH7 4AL


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.