Section for Preservation and Conservation







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Welcome to the Section for Preservation and Conservation

The group's aims are:

To promote information exchange and contact between members with an interest in preservation and conservation.

To participate in the development and delivery of training in the field and to provide support to members with training events.

  • To encourage research within the practice of archive conservation, the nature of archival materials and the causes of their deterioration.
  • To monitor developments in the field and to co-operate with other organisations with similar aims.


 In the following pages you will find details of:

Archive Conservation Training Scheme: Annual Lecture Week

Call for Papers

The ARA Archive Conservation Training Scheme is sending out a call for papers for its up and coming lecture week. This popular event primarily provides talks aimed at student conservators but is open to all members of the archive community and anyone who has a responsibility for the care, preservation and conservation of archive, library or museum collections.

We are calling for papers covering topics such as (but are not restricted to) -

  • Book, paper, parchment, photographic and/or archive conservation case studies
  • Surveying collections
  • Testing/identifying materials
  • Health and safety/using COSHH
  • Exhibitions and loans
  • Emergency planning
  • Standards/guidelines/ethics
  • Environmental control/IPM
  • Film and sound archives
  • Examination and identification of photographs/prints
  • Conservation science
  • Portfolio and interview techniques
  • Conservation advocacy

This year the lecture week will be fully virtual and all speakers will present from the comfort of their own home or workplace via Zoom in a webinar format, all papers will be pre-recorded. Papers are requested to be between 20 and 30 minutes long and will be followed by time for a Q&A held live after the sessions.

Any questions or submissions please contact Katie Proctor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for submissions: 31st August 2021

Approximate date for lecture week: November 2021

Social Media Officer vacancy

Preservation and Conservation Group Social Media Officer vacancy

The ARA’s Preservation and Conservation Group is looking to recruit a keen and enthusiastic volunteer to oversee the group’s social media activities.

The role is home-based with the occasional face-to-face meeting, for which travel costs will be reimbursed. The role will require c. 15-30 minutes daily of your time from Monday to Friday, and potentially a bit more during peak campaign periods.


Your responsibilities will include maintaining the PCG Twitter account – posting of relevant tweets and working closely with committee members in the promotion of preservation and conservation activities.

Other responsibilities:

  • Organise tweets to promote training sessions and events. The group Twitter handle is @ARA_PCG
  • Engage with and reply to comments made on posts, mentions and direct messages in an appropriate style and tone. Personal opinions must not be given
  • Check and update any links, photographs and the Twitter bio on a regular basis and that pinned tweets are up to date
  • Develop innovative and cost - effective ways of using social media to connect with members, share information and arrange events. Also, develop the growth of the group’s social media platform
  • Engage with ARA’s social media initiatives such as @ArchiveHour, @Archive30 and @ExploreYourArchive
  • Agree on hashtags for our events and communicate them in advance on Twitter.
  • Follow all accounts within ARA and from relevant organisations; assistance can be provided with this
  • Retweet events from other professional bodies and organisations e.g., ICON, IADA, AIC, MA, CILIP
  • Communicate any issues or queries that arise to the other committee members as soon as possible
  • Aid conservation units and conservators who wish to set up a Twitter account, welcome them to Twitter and promote their account
  • Attend committee meetings and help and assist at events. Produce reports prior to the meetings and the annual report
  • Deliver talks on social media and our campaigns, including suggestions such as a twitter conference and podcasting if possible

You will be working alongside a small and enthusiastic team of conservators. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential. If you wish to discuss this vacancy, please contact Victoria Stevens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for applications is 30th June. To apply, please send an email outlining your relevant skills and experience to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check here for regular conservation news, features and updates.  If you know of something that would benefit our conservation community we would like to hear from you.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Latest News..........  

  • Look out for new  Preservation and Conservation Training events to be posted shortly.  Annie Starkey and Fay Humphreys, our very enthusiastic Training Officers who are ready to hear your suggestions on future training themes.  Please email Annie and Fay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  Our Archives Certificate Training Scheme is going from strength to strength under the excellent guidance of Gil Fewings, the scheme's registrar.  If you would like to know more about the scheme or chat to Gil about the possiblity of training as an instructor please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Would you like to find out more or join this Section?

If you have a general enquiry or would like to join this Section then please contact us.

Please get involved!

If you wish to engage with us or find others working in Archives, Conservation or Record Managers working in your Section or Region take a look at our ARA Community area, build your profile and start discussing!