News and Events


For an informal chat about the region, please contact Chair, Nancy Fulford, or any other member of the South East Committee.

Upcoming Events
Further information to follow on upcoming events.

Previous events
Please find below slides from our previous training days (where available).

Approaches to Reopening training webinar via Zoom on 23rd September 2020

This webinar focusses on how colleagues from across the archives sector have approached reopening services safely following Covid-19 closures.

We are joined by (please click on links to see the presentation):

Oliver House, Superintendant, Special Collections Reading Rooms, Bodleian Library. Oliver's talk will be on the planning and management process associated with reopening the special collections reading rooms in the Weston Library following the coronavirus pandemic.

Svenja Kunze, Head of Archives, Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Svenja gives an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the archives and library of a social science research institute in Hamburg, Germany, and how - after “lockdown” in March 2020 - the gradual reopening to staff and readers was planned and implemented.

Justin Clegg, Special Collections Reference Manager, British Library. Justin will discuss some of the issues that the British Library faced as it tried to find ways of allowing its diverse audience of readers to access its atypical collections following guidance issued as a result of the COVID outbreak.

Jacqui Halewood, Principal Archivist and Luke Dady, Archivist (Public Services), Dorset History Centre. Jacqui and Luke will talk about the process they went through before re-opening, what their considerations were, how they would have to adapt the service and what their new limitations were likely to be; before then looking at how things have worked since they reopened, what has worked well, what has needed to be changed; before finishing off with their next steps and plans for the futur

Archive Engagement Outside the Searchroom training webinar via Zoom on 28th July 2020

There is no doubt that these are challenging times and the archives sector like many others has had to learn to adapt and develop its approach to engagement in a world where physical contact with archive documents and records may not be possible.

This workshop brought together colleagues from across the archive sector to discuss their approaches to engagement outside of a physical space. Topics included engagement through online events, social media and academic teaching.

We were joined by:

Elise Ramsay, University of Edinburgh Centre for Research Collections: 'Making Socials Social: #archivechats'.

Meg Venter, Postal Museum: ‘Making a Connection with Collections’.

Rosie Everitt and Imogen Burrell, Berkshire Record Office:'Remote exhibitions: VE Day 75 at Berkshire Record Office'.

Adam Lines, University of Reading Special Collections: ‘Please, don't touch': how do we offer teaching with collections opportunities in a virtual setting?'

Surrey History Centre, whilst not able to make the session to present, shared a link to a YouTube video they have made highlighting the ways they have diversified engagement with their audiences whilst the physical archive space has been closed.

Getting Digi With: Digital Recordkeeping and preservation training day at the Museum of English Rural Life and Special Collections Service, University of Reading on 15th November 2019

With the ways in which we use technology to communicate and work increasing and diversifying, this training day provided practical examples of how digital preservation and the management of digital records can be achieved across different sectors and in different sized organisations.

This training session brought together archivists and records managers to address both sides of the digital recordkeeping coin. We were joined by:

Volunteer Managers and People Management workshop with Caroline Williams
Wellington College on 25th July 2019
The workshop was aimed at people who have a key role in managing the volunteers that support their archives. Volunteers provide enormous capacity and deliver substantial outputs for our services: many services would find it difficult to operate without them. Managing people is a core skill and can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you are fairly new to managing people.

There is an added layer of complexity when managing volunteers given that they are not a paid workforce. Each workshop will discuss tips and techniques for interpersonal and people management skills appropriate to volunteer management.

Each session will provide

  • Insights into the skills needed in managing volunteers: in recruiting, communicating, motivating, supporting, training and supervising; responsibilities and relationships; management styles
  • Tips and techniques for handling challenges: understanding how problems arise; dealing with difficult situations (e.g. poor performance; conflicts; behaviour); negotiating skills; problem solving
  • Workshops at which case studies can be worked through and solutions suggested

At the end of the workshop delegates will be able to work more confidently with their volunteers, and will have discovered a range of people management skills to support them in their work.

If you manage volunteers

  • and would like to do it better, or
  • have some personal examples of issues you would like to discuss in an informal setting


Copyright for Archivists

Friday 1st March 2019 at The National Archives, Kew

About the speakers:

Naomi Korn is one of the leading UK experts in copyright, data protection & GDPR, rights and licensing.

pdf button Copyright Checklist

pdf button Copyright Factsheet

pdf button Copyright Quiz

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Tim Padfield started in archives as an Assistant Keeper of Public Records at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) where he worked for his whole career, including in reader services, editorial, conservation and corporate planning. 

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26 November 2018 - CPD Training

A day of talks and discussions on Continued Professional Development at Waddesdon Archives. 

Chris Sheridan, ARA CPD Programme Manager

powerpoint icon The ARA Professional Development Programme

Charlotte Berry, ARA Board member for Professional Development

powerpoint icon Tips for the ARA Professional Development Programme

Janice Tullock, Archives & Heritage Consultant

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GDPR, Swedenborg House, 18 May 2018


Caring for Collections in Historic Buildings
Arundel Castle, 3 November 2017
Caring for archives in a 500 year old building
Eleanor Hoare, College Archivist, Eton College
Emma Dadson, Harwell Document Restoration Services
Windsor Castle Archives, 20 June 2017
Chris Mumby, Head of Commercial Services, The National Archives
Lisa Chadwick, Access Digital, University for the Creative Arts

Minutes of previous meetings