Archives for Learning and Education Section

Archives for Learning and Education (ALES)

The Archives for Learning and Education Section:

  • advocates for the use of archives in formal education and informal learning activities
  • supports our members to provide effective and innovative learning experiences
  • fosters and maintains links with other ARA Sections and Regions and related external groups

We aim to:

  • provide skills training to our members
  • share useful tools, resources and examples of good practice with our members and the wider community
  • monitor educational policy and legislation and respond where appropriate
  • explore potential for collaboration with other ARA Sections and Regions and related external groups


The name of this group is intended to suggest the broad spectrum of learning activities to which the use of archives is relevant. It is also an acknowledgement that people coming into contact with the group may use different terminology to describe their work in this area.

Therefore, in this context, 'education' is used to describe formal learning, that is, structured learning that is usually provided by people with teaching experience or experience of working in schools, colleges or higher education institutions. In this sense, it also implies that it is learning that usually works toward pre-defined learning outcomes and often results in some kind of certification or qualification.

'Learning', on the other hand, is used here to describe other types of learning that are less formal, for example, the kind of indirect learning and skills that visitors often achieve as a by-product of encountering or researching archives.

Section information

Pages within this section:

Contact us, including ALES committee roles

News and Events: section news and information about our activities, training and events

Resources: useful links including curriculum material, learning organisations and educational resources

More information and how to join 

Membership of ALES is free to all ARA members. If you would like to join, or have any questions, comments or ideas, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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