On these pages you can find details of both upcoming and past events, aswell as ARAS announcements and opportunities. Click on the eventtitle of a past event to view a recording, if available.
Upcoming training events:
How can archives and records managers better support colleagues and users with disabilities?
ARA Scotland is pleased to present this training event on hidden disabilities. With their own lived experience of hidden disabilities, the trainers (Philip Milnes-Smith and Iida Saarinen) will explore the taboos, tropes and stereotypes that continue to shape thinking about disability and offer a different framework. In small groups, participants will also have the opportunity to reflect with colleagues across the sector on overcoming barriers, real and perceived.
Philip Milnes-Smith (he/him) is a former Special Education teacher now working as an archivist at Shakespeare’s Globe, and on a Disability History project at the RNOH. He is one of ARA’s Diversity and Inclusion Allies and was on the steering group for the Archives for Learning and Education Section’s forthcoming Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Toolkit.
Iida Saarinen (she/her) has a background in historical research and higher education teaching. She is currently working for National Records of Scotland in a records management and archives liaison role. Iida is one of ARA’s Diversity and Inclusion Allies, as well as one of the Diversity Officers for ARA Scotland.
Click on the event title to access a recording of the event, if available
Date: 07 July 2021, 13:00-14:00
Location: Online – Microsoft Teams
As archivists, conservators, and records managers, we find ourselves constantly involved in project work, from small-scale projects that span a few weeks or months to larger projects spanning years. Have you ever wondered how others within our sector are approaching planning their projects and seeing them through to completion?
ARA Scotland hosted this lunchtime webinar on project planning and execution strategies in the context of two projects within Scottish heritage institutions, encompassing archive cataloguing, outreach, and digital records. The speakers were:
Rachel Hart (Keeper of Manuscripts and Muniments, University of St Andrews), who discussed the project planning process for the University of St Andrews’ Archives Revealed cataloguing and community engagement project entitled ‘Hidden Burgh: restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife’.
Katherine Chorley (Digital Archivist, Royal College of Nursing) shared the Royal College of Nursing’s approach to creating and implementing procedures relating to management and preservation of digital records, and communicating these procedures to staff across the organisation.
This event took the form of two short presentations, followed by a Q&A hosted by the ARA Scotland training officer.
Preserving online content is an essential tool for archivists. While web archiving can feel like a daunting procedure, new tools are opening up this activity for digital preservation specialists of all levels. In this webinar, ARA Scotland explores the practice, and common challenges, facing web archiving.
This webinar featured a presentation from Lynn Bruce (Web Archivist, National Records of Scotland). The presentation explored web archiving at the National Records of Scotland, as well as tools that can support preserving online content.
Explore Your Archive launch week event!
Arch'Ive Connected: Using Archives in Exhibitions, with Dr Peter Lester, University of Leicester
There are over 1.6 million archival items in Scottish museums, which offer a great opportunity for rich and exciting forms of audience engagement through exhibition. For archives and special collections, exhibitions can offer a colourful and informative way of reaching and engaging with new users. Physical exhibitions can provide rich encounters with original archives, whilst online exhibitions can reach broad audiences – and have become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this webinar, Peter Lester will explore some key themes around exhibiting archives and the narratives and stories they can tell. The webinar will also consider the importance of archives in interpreting museum objects. Using a selection of different examples and case studies, the webinar will consider displays in both physical and online media. It will also provide opportunities for attendees to share their own examples of exciting and innovative exhibitions.
Join us for our rescheduled Meet the Chairs event!
In this webinar we will be speaking with Lisa Snook (Chair, ARA), Gillian Mapstone (Chair, ARA Scotland) and Julie Devenney (Vice-Chair, ARA Scotland). They will be speaking about their work with ARA, how to build a career in the archives, conservation, and records management profession, and how you can get involved with the wider sector. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about their work with ARA, as well as how you can get involved.
ARA Scotland Webinars: Copyright for Archivists
Date: 18 August 2020, 11:00-11:40
Location: Online - Microsoft Teams
In this webinar we are pleased to present Fred Saunderson from the National Library of Scotland. The National Library of Scotland is Scotland’s largest library, the legal deposit library for Scotland and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. Fred Saunderson will be presenting on copyright for archivists. His presentation will include focus in particular to the '2039' duration of copyright that affects archival works in the UK and some exceptions to copyright that relate to unpublished works. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.
Target Audience: Archivists - Information Professionals
Practical Applications: How to apply copyright legislation in an archive and heritage institution. Application of the 2039 rule and orphan works.
National Library of Scotland - @NatLibScot
Fred Saunderson - @FredSaunderson
In this webinar we are pleased to present Rhoda Boateng from Black Cultural Archives. Black Cultural Archives is the home of Black British History, and its mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK, and to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities, and society. Rhoda Boateng will be presenting Black Cultural Archives’ development of its new Black Lives Matter Collection. This presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.
Join ARA Scotland for our summer series of online webinars. For this training webinar, we are pleased to present Richard Aitken, Senior Conservator at the Highland Archive Centre. The Highland Archive Centre houses a fully equipped Conservation Studio with specialist Conservators qualified and skilled a wide variety of practices. The studio provides conservation services to Inverness-shire, Caithness, Lochaber and Skye & Lochalsh. Richard Aitken will be presenting an introduction to conservation and environmental monitoring. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.
ARA Scotland Webinars: Records Management at Historic Environment Scotland
In this webinar we will be speaking with Ryan Kerr from Historic Environment Scotland. Historic Environment Scotland ensures that Scotland’s historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations. Ryan Kerr will be speaking about records management at Historic Environment Scotland. This event will be followed by a short Q&A.
ArchI’ve Optimised: SEO and Web Engagement
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.
ArchI've learnt: Engaging with archives
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
Digital Preservation 101
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
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
11.30 Volunteer management: roles, responsibilities and skills
12.30 Applying people management skills
1.15 Lunch (available locally)
2.00 Meeting the challenge: dealing with difficult situations
3.00 Negotiation and resolving conflict in practice
4.00 Feedback on the day
16 February 2020 - We currently have a vacancy on our committee for a Training Officer. You would be working with our current Training Officer to arrange and put on engaging training events. To find out more, including how to apply, click here.
3 October 2020 - We currently have a vacancy on our committee for a Social Media Officer. For information on the role and how to apply, please click here!
1 September 2019 - We are thrilled to announce that the Scottish Explore Your Archive Ambassador is Jamie Crawford! For more information please see the following announcement. You can also download the event poster, to share with friends and colleagues.
3 July 2019 - We have a vacancy on our executive committee for our Social Media Officer. Full details of the role, and how to apply can be found here: ARA Scotland Role Profile - Social Media Officer
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: 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 here: 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: 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 following link: 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 the following: 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: ARAS Member Survey - Response