Stay Engaged - Learning Options

Here you’ll find a whole host of other CPD ideas to consider.

  • MAPLE - ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’: Managing change during major projects - 13th May 9.30am-12.20pm

    Bookings are now open for the next virtual Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange (MAPLE) meeting on 13th May 2021 9.30am-12.20pm. MAPLE is free to join and use. Go to Khub.net, register for an account, search for MAPLE under “Groups” and sign up!

    Click here to book your place for this event. Places are limited.

    This virtual meeting of MAPLE looks at managing risk, how to deal with your major project not going to plan, and how to talk to funders, especially about changes to your project as they happen. We’ll also be examining who and what you can influence, and why it matters to your major project – and to you - to think this through.

    Programme:

    9.30    Welcome and introduction, Philippa Turner, The National Archives

    9.35    Heather Forbes, Head of Archives Service, Gloucestershire County Council - When capital projects don’t go to plan: sharing lessons learnt

    9.55    Janet Tall, Head of Archives & Learning, South West Heritage Trust - Managing risks for major projects

    10.15  Questions

    10.35  Comfort break

    10.45  Philippa Turner, The National Archives - Circles of influence group exercise (including breakout groups)

    11.45  Paul Parry, Head of Business Delivery Support Services, National Lottery Heritage Fund - How to work well with your funders

    12.05  Questions

    12.20  Close

    A meeting link will be sent to attendees in due course.

  • From Punishment to Pride: LGBTQ+ archives at Surrey History Centre, 9 June 2021- online talk by Zoom

    From Punishment to Pride: LGBTQ+ archives at Surrey History Centre, with Di Stiff, Collections Development Archivist & SCC LGBTQ+ Network Ally

    When: 9th June 2021, 5.30pm to 6.45pm

    Where: Zoom

    Surrey has a rich and remarkable LGBTQ+ history. Join Surrey History Centre to learn more about the Surrey connections of some famous and not-so-famous LGBTQ+ lives, including Dame Ethel Smyth, Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, Harry Daley, Gwen Lally and Alan Turing, to name just a few. You'll discover why we raise awareness of this often little-known area of Surrey's past, hear about some of our LGBTQ+ records and outreach projects, and see how our collections help to reveal important stories from 18th century punishment to 21st century Pride.

    Tickets £5.00. Click here to book a place. After payment has been received you will be emailed a unique link and password to attend the talk on Zoom.

  • London International Palaeography Summer School

    The London International Palaeography Summer School returns in 2021, with a wide range of online courses!

    The London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. Subject areas include Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Early Modern English, German and Greek palaeography, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, manuscript editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full.

    The courses will consist of live lectures and interactive discussion, as well as pre-recorded sessions. The courses will be delivered via Zoom or Teams

    Click here for the full LIPSS summer programme.

    Bursaries

    For 2021, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries for the summer sessions of one day courses and the five-day course. Bursaries are awarded from the Sambrook Fund and from some LIPSS tutors who have generously waived their teaching fees to support student bursaries.

    There is space on the booking form to specify if you would like to apply for a bursary. Bursary applications close on Tuesday 4th May 2021. You will hear back from us a few weeks after the closing date. Please note that you will be expected to pay up front for the course and if your bursary application is successful you will be issued a refund.* If you were awarded a bursary in 2020 you will be automatically awarded one for 2021, if you have registered for a course this year. *In limited circumstances where you cannot pay up front please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • FOCAL Online Workshop: Pathway to Becoming a Media Archivist (hear from the professionals)

    FOCAL is planning a series of online monthly workshops across a range of topics with industry professionals to share their experience and knowledge.  The next upcoming workshop entitled 'Pathway to Becoming a Media Archivist (hear from the professionals)' is free for students to attend, so please share with any you know who may be interested in a career within the moving image archives.

    Date: Wednesday 19th May 2021

    Time: 16:00 - 17:00 (BST)

    Location: Online, Zoom

    Price: FOCAL Members - Free, Students - Free, Non-members - £10 (For students to obtain a free ticket please register using your institutions email address e.g. .edu)

    About: This workshop will look at employment in moving image archives. What training opportunities are there for the archivist and researcher, both corporate and freelance? What kind of roles exist within our industry? And how does a new entrant, or even an old hand, progress and thrive in our field. Our panel will offer insights though their experience and knowledge of the career opportunities, in what is….after all…an expanding sector.

    Click here for further information and to book your attendance.

  • European Year of Rail 2021: Call for papers

    E-FAITH, the European Federation of associations for industrial heritage and technical heritage, had planned to hold a meeting on conservation and re-use of railway heritage in spring 2021 but COVID-19 restrictions have made this impossible.

    However, in order to enable an exchange of ideas and experience on how to deal with railway and tramway heritage within the framework of the European Year of Rail, E-FAITH will be organising two online events before the summer holidays, during which aspects of railway heritage conservation can be discussed.

    These are scheduled in the form of two webinars to be held on 10th May and 7th June (from 15:00-17:00 CET). During these online events, aspects of railway heritage conservation will be discussed.

    Interested parties will have the opportunity to present their operation or project, or an aspect of railway heritage in their region.

    • Duration of the presentation: 15 minutes max.
    • Languages: English or French
    • Presenters are given the opportunity to show their screen and to use e.g. a powerpoint.
    • Interested speakers should register before 5th May and 2nd June respectively.
    • They should send a short summary of the planned presentation to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • RLUK Digital Shift Forum - Digital distraction (5 May) and combatting Digital Poverty (19 May)

    RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

    19th May 2021, 14.00-16.00 (BST): Digital poverty, inclusion, and the role of research libraries: A cross-sector international symposium.

    This symposium will take a holistic, cross-sector, and international look at the issues of digital poverty and exclusion, and the role of society, higher-education, libraries, and research libraries in particular, in combating these challenges. It will do this through a facilitated conversation between discussants and audience members. It will be highly interactive and delegates are encouraged to actively participate in its discussions both on screen and via chat.

    Discussants include:

      *   Catherine Mills, Head of Digital Social Inclusion, The Good Things Foundation

      *   Hannah Holmes, Research Associate, Centre for Planning and Housing Research, University of Cambridge

      *   Christopher Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK

      *   Sue Williamson, Director of Libraries, Arts Council England

      *   Trevor Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware

      *   Joe Lucia, Dean of Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    This symposium will be chaired and facilitated by Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Libraries and Archives, University of Edinburgh, and Michelle Blake, Director of Libraries and Archives (interim), University of York. Both Kirsty and Michelle are members of RLUK’s Digital Shift working group.

    Click here to register.

  • Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation

    Community Catch-Up on a Thursday Lunchtime, 12.00 – 12.40 pm

    Community Archives and Heritage Group Scotland (CAHG Scotland) Network and Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) have created the Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation webinar series. Topics explored in this new webinar series are the result of a recent survey.

    A series of weekly webinars will be dedicated to practical advice on how to digitise diverse types of archival material, such as documents and photographs, sound and moving image and 3D objects. We will also consider GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and data protection, cataloguing your digital files and the long-term care of your digital files. Once your archive collection is digitised, you can then find out more about the benefits of community engagement on a digital platform.

    Join us every Thursday for a short lunchtime webinar on Developing Your Digital Skills. These enjoyable and informative 40-minute webinars offer practical advice to anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups. The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns or ideas you may have. You are welcome to attend as many as you wish by signing up for each webinar through Eventbrite. Each week the webinar will begin with a presentation from an archivist or expert speaker, followed by a Q&A session.

    These webinars will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

    • How to digitise your archive collections.
    • Increase visibility of your digital collections.
    • Strategically promote your digital collections and optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools.
    • Increase your engagement with your local community and beyond.

    The Eventbrite links will be posted on www.scottisharchives.org.uk , https://www.communityarchives.org.uk/ and Twitter @CArchivesScot. If you are unable to attend any of the live webinars, recordings for all our events will be available on SCA’s and CAHG’s websites.

    • 6th May - Introduction to 2D Digitisation with reference to: Spirit of Revolt-Archive of Dissent, the Political Song Collection at Glasgow University and Govanhill Baths Archive. Click here to book.
    • 13th May - How to Digitise Sound and Moving Image Collections. Click here to book.
    • 20th May – How to Digitise 3-D objects. NB This webinar will run from 1pm-1.40pm. Click here to book.
    • 27th May – Cataloguing a Digital Collection and Digital Access. Click here to book.
    • 3rd June - Digital Outreach and Engagement for Community Archives. Click here to book.
    • 10th June - Digital Outreach and Engagement with Oral History Collections. Click here to book.
    • 17th June - Digital Sustainability of your Digitised Collection. Click here to book.
  • Registration open: Third Workshop on Scientific Archives, European XFEL, 22nd – 24th June 2021

    The Third Workshop on Scientific Archives will take place on the afternoons of 22nd June, 23rd June and 24th June 2021, over Zoom. The Workshop is hosted by European XFEL, Germany, and is organised by the Committee on the Archives of Science and Technology, of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives (ICA-SUV).

    The keynote speaker is award-winning science journalist and broadcaster Angela Saini (https://www.angelasaini.co.uk/). Saini presents science programmes on the BBC, and her latest book, Superior: the Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by Nature, NPR Science Friday and the Financial Times, among many others.

    Please join us for 15 talks on the topic of scientific and technical records and archives! The programme also includes a special discussion on the documentary ‘Cyclotron’ and a panel on archives and science with EuXFEL scientists.

    Click here for the draft programme and more information.

    Click here to register. 
  • ALES and SAM joint remote lunchtime talk – 10th May

    The next remote lunchtime talk from the Archives for Learning and Education Section (ALES) of ARA is a joint event with the Section for Archives and Museums (SAM), and will take place on 10th May.  The presenters are Alexia Clark, Documentation and & Collections Officer, and Steven Deproost, Learning & Access Officer, Museum in the Park, Stroud.  

    Their talk entitled ‘How did they make babies in the Stone Age? – Museum in the Park’s adventures into the strange world of delivering learning sessions remotely’ will be held using Microsoft Teams at 1pm on Monday 10th May 2021. After the talk there will be the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speakers.  

    The event is free to attend for ARA members. To book a place, please complete this online form  by Monday 3rd May 2021. Information on how to join will be sent to attendees ahead of the event.  

  • Web Archiving at the National Records of Scotland

    Date : 19th May 2021, 13:00-13:40 

    Event Description

    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. Join ARA Scotland for this lunchtime webinar, where we will explore the practice, and common challenges, facing web archiving.

    This webinar will feature a presentation from Lynn Bruce (Web Archivist, National Records of Scotland). This presentation will explore web archiving at the National Records of Scotland, as well as tools that can support you in preserving online content.

    This event will take the form of a presentation, followed by a Q&A hosted by the ARA Scotland training officer.

    This event is free to ARA members.  ARA members please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.

    This event is £5 for non-members. Non-members can book a place here.

  • Seminar Series: Institutions of Empire

    This free on-line seminar series explores the ways in which institutions (broadly defined) influenced, or were influenced by, the British Empire. It opens next week with Dr Mandy Banton discussing TNA.

    The seminars have been convened by Adam Millar, an ESRC-funded collaborative PhD student at the University of Leicester working with The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. Adam is chairing the roundtable discussion on The Salvation Army's Imperial History on 11th May.

    11th May 2021 The Salvation Army's Imperial History: A Roundtable

    Panelists: Professor Clare Anderson (University of Leicester), Dr Andrew Eason (Booth University College, MB), Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen) & Dr Jagjeet Lally (University College London); Chair: Adam Millar (University of Leicester).

    25th May 2021 Internationalism and Empire

    Dr Kristine Alexander (University of Lethbridge, AB): Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s.

    1st June 2021 Museums and Empire

    An event with the Museum of British Colonialism. Speakers TBC.

    All events take place at 4.30pm BST via Zoom. Further information about the whole series can be found on Twitter. For enquiries please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • AEOLIAN Network and Workshop on Machine Learning and AI in Cultural Institutions

    AEOLIAN (Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Organisations) is a new digital humanities project. The project is funded by the New Directions for Digital Scholarship grant from the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AEOLIAN is designed to investigate the role that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can play to make born-digital and digitised cultural records more accessible to users.

    The project will make a ground-breaking contribution to this field through carefully-structured workshops, innovative research outputs, and the creation of an international network of theorists and practitioners working with born-digital and digitised archives. Please visit https://www.aeolian-network.net for more information.

    The AEOLIAN Network’s first Online Workshop: Employing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Institutions will take place on Wednesday 7th July 2021 from 12:00 to 17:30 GMT

    Keynote Speaker:

    Thomas Padilla, Director of Information Systems and Technology Strategy at the Center for Research Libraries

    Guest Speakers:

    Giles Bergel, University of Oxford / National Library of Scotland Einion Gruffudd, National Library of Wales John Stack, Science Museum Maria Estorino, University North Carolina Wilson Library John McQuaid, XY Han and Vardan Papyan, Frick Collection

    The number of guests able to attend the workshop will be limited. If you would like to apply for a space at our first workshop, please fill in the application form available on the website.

    Early-career professionals and academics, as well as post-graduate students and non-affiliated researchers, are encouraged to apply. Send completed forms via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be contacted to confirm whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that all applications must be received by 18th June 2021.

    For updates about the project, please join the AEOLIAN JISC mailing list.

    If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also on Twitter: @AeolianNetwork

  • Net Profit - Sources for the history of Scottish fishing and fishing communities

    The Scottish Records Association annual conference will be held on 12th May 2021 and will explore sources for the history of fishing and fishing communities in Scotland (medieval, early-modern and modern). Historians, archaeologists, ethnographers, museum curators and archivists discuss their research and sources, including physical objects, museum collections, film and sound archives, parliamentary papers, and the records of central government, harbour trusts and fishery societies.

    The conference programme is available here and details are also available on the SRA Scottish Records Association – Conference website.

    The conference will take place online (via Zoom) between about 10am and 4.45pm on Wednesday 12th May 2021. It is open to members and non-members alike and is free of charge. Places are limited. To make a booking or an enquiry about the conference please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Online training for Community Archives

    The Norfolk Record Office's 'Community Archives: Skills, Support and Sustainability' project will be running a number of online training courses covering Preservation and Collections Management.

    Preservation for Community Archives

    This will cover the importance of managing the conditions in your storage area, and how best to package collections, handle archive items, and create a disaster plan. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Nick Sellwood, Senior Conservator at the Norfolk Record Office.

    •            Thursday 6th May, 10:00-12:00

    Collections Management for Community Archives

    This will cover how to create a collections management policy, the accessioning process (transferring ownership of a collection to the archive), appraisal (surveying the collection), and how to create a box list.

    •            Tuesday 11th May, 10:00-12:00

    •            Thursday 13th May, 14:00-16:00

    •            Wednesday 19th May, 14:00-16:00

    •            Friday 21st May, 10:00-12:00

    All sessions will be held via Zoom. Anyone wishing to attend should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • New Event - Web Archiving at the National Records of Scotland, 19th May

    ARA Scotland is delighted to share its next training event - Web Archiving at the National Records of Scotland

    Date: 19 May 2021, 13:00-13:40

    Location: Online – Microsoft Teams

    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. Join ARA Scotland for this lunchtime webinar, where we will explore the practice, and common challenges, facing web archiving.

    This webinar will feature a presentation from Lynn Bruce (Web Archivist, National Records of Scotland). This presentation will explore web archiving at the National Records of Scotland, as well as tools that can support you in preserving online content.

    This event will take the form of a presentation, followed by a Q&A hosted by the ARA Scotland training officer.

    Twitter Handles

    National Records of Scotland - @NatRecordsScot

    Click here to book.

  • Libraries, Readers, and Digital Distraction: Tyler Shores, ThinkLab Manager, University of Cambridge

    This talk will explore some of the ways in which digital engagement is more important than ever before for libraries. User attention and distraction are not so either/or as they might at first seem – and Tyler will explore issues about reading and online habits and behaviours in ways that might challenge some common assumptions. In addition, the seminar will provide the opportunity to discuss what works in a constantly evolving online and social media environment, based on research and best practices. This should be a highly interactive session and @tylershores will post updates and links the week before the event.

     19 May 2021, 14.00-16.00 (BST): register here.

    Digital poverty, inclusion, and the role of research libraries: A cross-sector international symposium

    This symposium will take a holistic, cross-sector, and international look at the issues of digital poverty and exclusion, and the role of society, higher-education, libraries, and research libraries in particular, in combating these challenges. It will do this through a facilitated conversation between discussants and audience members. It will be highly interactive and delegates are encouraged to actively participate in its discussions both on screen and via chat.

    Discussants include:

      *   Catherine Mills, Head of Digital Social Inclusion, The Good Things Foundation

      *   Hannah Holmes, Research Associate, Centre for Planning and Housing Research, University of Cambridge

      *   Christopher Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK

      *   Sue Williamson, Director of Libraries, Arts Council England

      *   Trevor Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware

      *   Joe Lucia, Dean of Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    This symposium will be chaired and facilitated by Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Libraries and Archives, University of Edinburgh, and Michelle Blake, Director of Libraries and Archives (interim), University of York. Both Kirsty and Michelle are members of RLUK’s Digital Shift working group.

    Further speakers will be announced shortly, so please do check back to the RLUK website regularly.

  • Community archives and online catalogues Webinar: 21st May 2021

    Jack Latimer, Creative Director at communitysites is running a webinar for the Community Archives and Heritage Group  on May 21st called ‘Digital skills: Getting your collections online.’

    Click here for further details and to book your place on this free webinar which will cover the use of various open-source solutions, as well as proprietary software and tips on running online catalogues from experienced groups.  Jack will also be talking about the Community Archive Cataloguing Guidelines.

    In preparation for that webinar, Jack is interested in hearing from any community archives groups who already run online collections about the lessons they've learnt and the software they use.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • AURA Workshop 3 videos now online

    In March, the AURA network hosted its third workshop, organised by the University of Edinburgh. This workshop was titled "Artificial Intelligence and Archives: What comes next?" I am writing to you to let you know that presentations given at the workshop are now available online.

    This third workshop had speakers from a range of specialisms, discussing topics from the ethics of AI use in archives, traditional AI techniques such as machine learning, and reflections on digital humanities.

    Recordings and slides are available here.

    The keynote presentation was given by Professor Andrew Prescott from the University of Glasgow and asked, "Can Archives make AI Better?" His talk is available here.

    Click here to join the AURA mailing list and receive the latest updates.

  • Disability History: Knowledge, Practice and Collaboration – 14th May 2021

    On 14th May London Metropolitan Archives is holding a conference called: Disability History: Knowledge, Practice and Collaboration. Click here for more information and to book your ticket.  

    In the collaboration strand, break out rooms will be used to recreate the stalls and networking that many of us have been missing. There will be breakout rooms with "stall holders" as well as room(s) for general discussion. Delegates will be able to move freely through these rooms. If you would like to be a virtual stallholder to promote and share your organisation’s activities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

  • eArchiving Technical Info Session – recordings and slides now available online

    EU Institutions are digitalising (secure) services and processes, powered by CEF Building Blocks and Managed Services. The aim of eArchiving is to

    provide the core specifications, software, training and knowledge to help data creators, software developers and digital archives tackle the

    challenge of short, medium and long-term data management and reuse in a sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable and interoperable way.

    The CEF eArchiving Technical Info Session on 10th March was an opportunity to learn how to implement eArchiving into your project. If you missed the session, you can now catch up on the slides and recordings here.

    Find out more about the CEF eArchiving Building Block here
  • Digital skills: Getting your collections online: Friday 21st May, 10:30am

    How can you provide access to your heritage collection online? Do you need a digital catalogue? What are the software options - from free to funded? This workshop will give an overview of the process, discuss common misconceptions, share tips from experienced groups, and offer a golden rule.

    Save the date for this event. More details will be available nearer the time here.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has helped over 150 groups set up online catalogues and websites for 20 years through his company CommunitySites. He is a committee member of CAHG and led the expert team that wrote the Community Archive Cataloguing Guidelines. He’d like to hear from any groups who have online collections about their experiences and the software they use.

  • TNA Training Opportunity: Archives Respond - Reframe, Regear, Reset

    The COVID-19 pandemic is inevitably having an impact on budgets and will affect decisions for many years to come. Archives will be under increasing pressure to demonstrate their value and explore new ways to make savings and increase income from fundraising and trading. They will need to demonstrate both their understanding of budget pressures and how they are contributing to local agendas.

    Archives are well placed to respond to the key challenges facing councils as they manage a recovery from the pandemic. They are well placed to support initiatives aimed at increasing community development and tackling isolation.

    The National Archives is pleased to be able to offer a new four- part training programme which aims to provide archive leaders with the skills required to lay foundations internally so that required funding and resources can be secured.

    Who should attend this training programme:

    The target audience for this four-part programme is archivists working in any archive setting, local authority or independent. The sessions are aimed at people who are decision makers, those who are leading or involved in planning for their service. It will be of interest to people who are considering any of the following questions:

    * How do I reframe the priorities of my services in light of the impact of COVID-19?

    * What local needs should we and can we respond to?

    * What activities need to stop?

    * What do we continue and/or do more of?

    * Will we remain financially viable?

    * What expectations do our core funders and parent bodies have?

    This programme has been developed in response to these demands.  This training programme has been funded by The National Archives as part of our Archives Unlocked strategy to support the sector.

    Click here to find out more about the training and to register your place.

    If you have any questions about this training programme, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Developing your digital skills

    Coming soon from the Community Archives and Heritage Group Scotland Network, is the Developing Your Digital Skills webinar series. These lunchtime sessions are designed to provide an enjoyable and informative insight for anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups.

    The topics explored are the result of a recent survey and we know people want to continue developing their digital skills with regards to their community archive.  

    The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any particular concerns or ideas you have. Each week the webinar will start with a presentation from a professional or experienced speaker. The sessions will start in late April 2021, so keep your eye on the Community Archives & Heritage Group Scotland's Twitter account.

  • Launch event of the 'Providing access to preserved digital content' course

    The National Archives (UK) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to invite you to join us on Monday 10th May for the launch of the 'Providing access to preserved digital content' course, a new addition to the Novice to Know-How online learning pathway.

    The event will include some short presentations to introduce the new course and its content, and there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions about issues related to providing access. You'll also be able to chat with national and international colleagues and take part in some quiz-based fun.

    Part of The National Archives' digital capacity building strategy, 'Plugged In, Powered Up', Novice to Know-How aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation. The new course on 'Providing access to preserved digital content' aims to provide learners with an understanding of the broad range of issues to be considered when providing access, as well as the ability to implement simple access provisions.

    Click here to find out more and register for the event. 

  • ARA Annual Conference 2021: WE LOVE RECORDS - Sustainability, Diversity, Advocacy

    One conference; three themed days; five parallel streams; 100 speakers; 20 hours of content; 30 days to catch up on demand from the comfort of your own home!

    We are very pleased to open registration for the ARA Annual Conference 2021

    Our first virtual conference has been carefully designed to provide you with access to many more hours of live and recorded content and commentary, with all sessions available to view for up to 30 days after the conference closes.

    The online format means that there are more ways to join the conference than ever before.  A flat fee of £95 for members and £150 for non-members will give you access to the live conference sessions and to the recorded content which means that, for the first time, you can join all the parallel sessions in your own time.

    A new Institutional Pass will allow up to six colleagues to attend together and allows you to extend the invitation to members of your team who would not ordinarily be able to attend.

    We hope that our virtual conference will allow many more members, non-members and colleagues from overseas to join us and we look forward to extending a warm welcome to first-time attendees. 

    When we last met, for our 2019 conference, we agreed to examine our profession and our beliefs.  Who are 'we' and why should we 'love records'?  This year, through our key themes of Sustainability, Diversity and Advocacy, we will explore those questions and look at how record-keepers and records can make a difference in turbulent times.

    Click here to register to attend.  Speaker and programme updates will also be posted at this link and we’ll share news of bursaries when they become available.  

  • Registration now open for new Novice to Know-How course: Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content

    The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new Novice to Know-How course “Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content”.

    Part of The National Archives’ digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up,’ the Novice to Know-How learning pathway aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation.

    The new course on ‘Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content’ aims to provide learners with an understanding of the broad range of issues to be considered when providing access, as well as the ability to implement simple access provisions. By the end of the course, learners will also have gained the skills needed to achieve level one of The Born-Digital Levels of Access, and the basic-level requirements of the Discovery and Access section of the DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model. The course includes modules on User Needs Analysis, Accessibility, Resource Discovery, Managing IPR, Setting-Up an Access Workstation, and more.

    The course will be integrated into the main learning pathway for those registering for the April 2021 intake onwards. It will also be available as a stand-alone course for those who completed the original learning pathway prior to April and wish to “top-up” their learning, or for those specifically interested in the topic of providing access but do not want to complete the full learning pathway.

    As with the original learning pathway, priority places are available for learners from the UK Archives Sector or DPC Members. Registration is now open for April, May, and June.

    Click here to find out more and register for the full Novice to Know-How learning pathway or ‘Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content.’

  • Historic Environment Scotland’s Digital Projects showcase

    Join Historic Environment Scotland in celebrating the end of a four year project through which we have preserved and made available online over half a million items.

    Beyond the Physical: Future Proofing Scotland’s Heritage in the Digital Age will take you on a photo-illustrated journey through some of the newly available collections, presented under three themes: Hidden Treasures, Under the Soil and Preserving the Historic Environment.

    Historic Environment Scotland Archives’ Digital Projects was formed in 2017, comprising a small team of HES Archives staff, with the dual aim of making HES Archives collections accessible for all and strengthening our long-term preservation practises.

    We had two key remits:

    • To digitise our at-risk physical collections that were previously uncatalogued or only available for consultation via our Searchroom in Edinburgh.
    • To catalogue and make available our digital archive material deposited with us for inclusion in Scotland’s National Record for the Historic Environment.

Since our formation we have digitised 534,340 photographs, processed around 425,000 items and added over 377,600 items to the Digital Archive. In doing so, we have increased HES’s archival material by over 107%. You can view the Beyond the Physical | Canmore online showcase here

  • Learn Live with Parliament - Votes for Women By Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist, UK Parliamentary Archives

    The latest ARA Learning blogpost is now live.

    The Parliamentary Archives holds the historic records of the UK House of Commons and House of Lords, from 1497 to present day – some 13km of paper and parchment, plus more than 20TB of digital. The physical records are held in the Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster – a beautiful but cramped building. Space constraints make it very difficult for us to bring schoolchildren to the archives, so we were delighted to work with Parliament’s Education and Engagement team on ‘Learn Live’!

  • New group training offers from Rebuilding Heritage covering: Financial Literacy, Digital Marketing, Workplace Inclusion 

  • Rebuilding Heritage is a free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In the next round of support from Rebuilding Heritage the programme will now offer group training on financial literacy, digital marketing for freelancers and workplace inclusion, in addition to offers of support in business planning, communications, fundraising, legal issues, leadership and wellbeing.

    New for Round 4:

  • Financial Literacy training in a group session with Creative United

Through this training you will look at the practicalities involved with day to day budget management, learn how to create and use cashflow templates, and review approaches to financial risk management.

  • Digital Marketing for Heritage Freelancers training in a group session with Media Trust

This training will respond specifically to the challenges raised by the pandemic and will look at opportunities for marketing beyond your existing networks and word-of-mouth approaches, and methods of expanding your audiences and engaging new clients.

  • Join the next #HeritageDigitalNow virtual day

    Sign up for Heritage Digital’s next #HeritageDigitalNow virtual day which will focus on engaging online audiences in 2021 and beyond.

    Here's just a few reasons why you should sign up:

    • Sessions run by expert speakers, with tailored heritage content!
    • Get your questions answered: extended Q&As after every session
    • Virtual networking with other heritage professionals
    • It's completely free for all heritage organisations!

    Click here to find out more and sign up.

    Heritage Digital is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.

  • eArchiving in Action: workshop recordings now available

    In January 2021, the CEF eArchiving Building Block held a three-day workshop to showcase how eArchiving is tackling the issues of long-term accessibility of information. Aimed at data producers, archives and solution providers, eArchiving in Action included a range of presentations, interviews, use cases and panel discussions. Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) helped to coordinate and host the event, presented work on validation, and conducted an interview with The UK National Archives’ John Sheridan on Managing Digital Preservation Risks.

    The aim of eArchiving is to provide the core specifications, software, training and knowledge to help data creators, software developers and digital archives tackle the challenge of short, medium and long-term data management and reuse in a sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable and interoperable way.

    Visit the event page to access the recordings and slides from the event.  

  • London International Palaeography Summer School courses

  • The London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) is back for 2021! Ahead of the Summer School in June, it is running selected courses throughout the Spring.  The Spring courses are the same length as a normal LIPSS course, but most are split across two half-day sessions. All live sessions will be held online via Zoom. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full.

    Courses fees are £100 (standard) and £75 (student). There are limited places available on each course.

    We have six courses on offer for 2021 on a variety of manuscript and palaeography related subjects:

    May

    • 11-12 May | Introduction to Music in Medieval Manuscripts (Brianne Dolce)
    • 17-18 May | Middle English Palaeography (Anthony Edwards)

    Click here for more details.

  • Novice to Know-How online training: Registration open for April & May 2021

           Following the huge demand for access to the free online digital preservation training, Novice to Know-How, registration is now open for the months of April & May.

  • Researched, developed, and tested by experts within the digital preservation community, the training is practically focused, providing learners with the skills and confidence required to implement a simple and proactive digital preservation workflow within their organization. Novice to Know-How is part of The National Archives' new digital capacity building strategy, 'Plugged In, Powered Up' and delivered by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

    The training starts with a broad introduction to digital preservation issues and describes some of the ways to address these. It explores the steps to take for potential workflows and the technological solutions that can deployed. With an emphasis on free, easy-to-use solutions, the training includes detailed demos and course content is provided as mix of video, text, and quizzes.

    "Digital Preservation is an international challenge, so while priority access will be UK Archive Sector and DPC Member institutions in the first 12 months, the training content is designed to support anyone with an interest in furthering their digital preservation skills worldwide," says Sharon McMeekin, DPC's Novice to Know-How Project Manager.

    Read more and register for training here.  Priority places are available for those from the UK Archives Sector and DPC Members.

    For anyone who is not part of the UK Archive Sector or part of the DPC membership, places are available on our waiting list and these will be allocated monthly as free spaces allow.

    Find out more and join the waiting list here.

  • Archives for Learning and Education Section (ALES): ARA Learning Blog - Learn with Lorna

    The Highland Archive Service, operated by High Life Highland, cares for historic documents dating from the 1200s to the present day in its four archive centres in Inverness, Wick, Fort William and Portree. When the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, the service needed to find different ways to proactively engage with its local and international audiences across its digital platforms – maintaining the service’s profile and raising awareness of the important role of archives in society.A series of weekly collection-based films was developed. Delivered by Community Engagement Officer, Lorna Steele, under the banner ‘Learn with Lorna’, there are now 52 films available to watch on the High Life Highland YouTube channel.   Find out more about Learn with Lorna series here.

  • Cultural Diversity Competency: A free workshop where you’ll be challenged to examine personal perceptions that might surprise you and you’ll be introduced to strategies that will increase your ability to practice inclusion. This webcast provides the four skills to employ CDC and the five stages individuals and organisations can implement to improve relations with internal and external communities. https://www.pathlms.com/saa/courses/4839 

  • Australian Society of Archivists: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Managing Archives: a new self-directed, globally accessible online course for archivists and recordkeeping professionals. Trauma-informed practice is a useful model to consider for professional archival practice that puts the focus on people within archives ensuring best practice access regimes, improved policies and practices, and support for everyone who works and uses the archives. You can watch a webinar about the course here. The course helps raise awareness of the effects of vicarious trauma and emotional labour and the need for resources to support people within the archival profession.

    https://www.archivists.org.au/learning-publications/online-courses?utm_source=ASA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Trauma-Informed%20-%20OLPage&utm_content=ARA%20UK%20and%20Ireland#Toolkits