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


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.

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.

ARA Scotland AGM & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

When: Friday 28 September 2018

Where: John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh, EH8 9NX

ARA Scotland AGM & GDPR


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

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Basic Conservation for Archivists

When: Friday 26 October 2018

Where: Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ

ARA members £25    Non-members £30

Only 10 places available Book Online here.


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