Stay Engaged - Learning Options

Here you’ll find a whole host of training and CPD ideas to consider from organisations across the sector.

  • Fieldwork & Creative Engagement: Oral History of Port Glasgow Women

    As part of the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of The School of Scottish Studies Archives, we are delighted to be hosting the following seminar and Q&A panel session. For those interested in archives and oral history, women's history or the creative re-use of archives, this event is sure to be both engaging and informative.

    Fieldwork & Creative Engagement: Oral History of Port Glasgow Women

    Thursday, 12 August 2021, 14:00-16:30, via Zoom. Click here to book this free but ticketed event. Joining instructions will be sent with your ticket.

    Our two presentations are rooted in the lived experience of women in the shipbuilding communities of Port Glasgow, recordings of which are held in our collection. Through our presenters' fieldwork - undertaken almost 30 years apart - we see the importance of fieldwork, the collection and preservation of oral history recordings. It is from this perspective we will explore the value in creative reuse of archive recordings.

    After the presentations we shall have a short break, followed by a chaired question-and-answer session with our presenters. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in the chat facility during the papers and the break.

    This session is open to anyone who wishes to attend and those with a particular interest in collecting, researching, or creating with oral history recordings.


    Dr Hugh Hagan, Head of Public Records Act Implementation at the National Records of Scotland, is passionate about the shipbuilding communities of Port Glasgow and Greenock on the lower reaches of the River Clyde, particularly in the inter-war period. These towns, being removed by some distance from the large and diverse economy of Glasgow, depended entirely on shipbuilding and they developed a very particular sense of community. This was the subject of his PhD research at the School of Scottish Studies in the 1990s and he will draw on that research, specifically the role of women in these communities, in his talk.

    Martine Robertson and Hannah Wood, of GaelGal Productions, were undertaking studies at the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, when they attended a lecture by Hugh Hagan about his Port Glasgow work. They were galvanised to revisit this fieldwork, recording new material with the family of Cassie Graham, one of Hugh's contributors. They have also been inspired to take these stories to centre stage, lifting the voices and experience of women of the Port Glasgow community and using these recordings in their creative practice. The presentation at this event is but one postcard-sized venture into their ongoing creative piece, What A Voice.

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

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  • Digitization and the Future of Archives seminar

    UCL Department of Information Studies is delighted to host an open seminar, Digitization and the Future of Archives: Network meeting August 24, 2021, online from 08.30 to 13.00, on the theme 'Participatory archiving and public memory'.

    Participatory archiving as a field includes the collection, preservation, as well as description and enrichment of records with metadata in different forms and shapes, using different digital and traditional platforms. The aim of this open seminar is to explore and critically discuss the potential of digitization for participatory practices in its many different forms. We are delighted to welcome three keynote speakers. Dr. Gillian Oliver, Associate Professor at Monash University, Australia; Dr. Alexandra Eveleigh, Collections Information Manager at Wellcome Collection, UK; and Dr. Andrew Flinn, Reader in Oral History and Archival Studies, UCL. The event is free. Click here to register for a place. A Zoom link will be sent a day before the seminar.

    The Digitization and the Future of Archives network is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD)

  • Latest Archives for Learning and Education Section (ALES) ARA Learning Blogs

    Archives are resources for teaching anti-racism

    London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is a public research centre which specialises in the history of London. We are currently focusing on work with our audio collections as part of a UK-wide project 'Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’. LMA aims to digitally preserve almost half a million rare and at-risk sound recordings, keeping seminal speeches of Londoners safe for future generations.

    Find out more from Hannah Welch-Kemp Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Learning and Engagement Coordinator London Metropolitan Archives on our blog here.

    After Law: Atrocity Archives, Dialogue, Young People Learning and Active Participation

    More than two decades of trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda led to the creation of a vast and diverse archive. This somewhat side-lined archive has great potential to contribute towards dialogue and community repair in Rwanda.

    Find out more from Dr Benjamin Thorn and keep an eye out for part 2 of his blog on ARA Learning here.  

  • The UK National Archives' Data Protection Toolkit for Archivists

    The UK National Archives' Data Protection Toolkit for Archivists, delivered by Naomi Korn, provides an options-based approach to making decisions about when and how to provide access to personal data held in archives.

    Click here to find out more and request free access to the toolkit here.

  • Inclusive recruitment advice clinics  - from 4 August

    To complement our inclusive recruitment training series, we are now offering one-to-one advice clinics to professionals working in a UK archive. These 30-minute conversations with an expert from Creative & Cultural Skills will allow you to ask questions specific to your organisation's situation and to receive tailored advice. Topics that you could discuss include apprenticeships, volunteers, workforce development policies or inclusive job descriptions.

    Click here to book your place:

  • Unlock your Audio Archives - Unlocking our Sound Heritage training for the south-west

    The Unlocking our Sound Heritage project team has announced that its two-day audio archive care, preservation and use trainings will be on:

    • 6 & 7 Oct at Kresen Kernow, Redruth, Cornwall
    • 12 & 13 Oct at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Gloucester
    • 21 & 22 Oct at Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter
    • 1 & 2 Nov at Somerset Archives and Heritage Centre, Taunton
    • 8 & 9 Nov at Bristol Archives
    • 15 & 16 Nov at Bristol Archives

    Click here for full details and booking.

    They are small groups only (15 max) and in rooms that will allow social distancing for people’s comfort. They are aimed at workers and volunteers who care for audio archives. 

    Please ask anyone who books to indicate where they work or volunteer when registering, as preference is given to people actively working with archives (as opposed to interested members of the public).

    If you have any questions, please contact Katie Scaife, Project Manager – Unlocking our Sound Heritage This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Seminar Series: The Shock of the Record, Archives and Truth

    The British Records Association (BRA) is contributing to the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Partnership Seminars series in 2021 and 2022.

    These seminars, called ‘The Shock of the Record : Archives and Truth’ cover topics related to trust in archives and records, digital literacy and current scepticism of facts and evidence in our society.

    Details of the seminars are now available on the IHR website. The seminars are open to anyone with an interest in records and archives and can be booked online. Attendance is free of charge and the seminars are held on Zoom with live captioning.

    The Shock of the Record: Why Archives Matter held on 18 March 2021 is now available on YouTube. Click here.

    Who Creates the Record and Why? Evidence Under Attack held on 17 June 2021 is now available on YouTube. Click here.

    The recordings have fully transcribed captions.

    The next event is planned for the 11th November 2021 at 6PM (GMT) provisionally titled ‘Truth and Trust: Untruth especially in oppressive regimes’. Full details will be posted on the seminar series’ twitter account @ShockOfRecord and the IHR and BRA websites in the near future

  • Voices From Leonard Cheshire Webinar

    Watch Stephanie Nield, Archivist at disability charity Leonard Cheshire talk about running a digital volunteering and sound archive digitisation project during the Covid-19 pandemic in this free webinar. Click here.

    There is also the opportunity to view our exhibition film and find out more about our fascinating archive collections.

    This event was held as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Foyle Foundation project ‘Resonate’.

    The recordings has fully transcribed captions.

  • TALK: A Better Childhood for All Children: Designing the Modern Space for Sick Children in East London, 1850-1900, Iria Suárez Martínez, 29 July 2021

    Please join Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums for this free online talk on “A Better Childhood for All Children: Designing the Modern Space for Sick Children in East London, 1850-1900” by Iria Suárez Martínez:

    18.00-19.00 GMT, Thursday 29 July 2021

    This event is FREE and will take place on Zoom. Please register here.

    Iria Suárez Martínez is a design historian and multidisciplinary designer working within the field of architecture. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum with an MA in History of Design. She is interested in design and wellbeing, and her research, which she will be discussing, focuses on the history of the design of children’s hospitals in London.

    Her research at Barts Health NHS Trust Archives focused on the collections of two former hospitals, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children and the East London Hospital for Children.

    This is the second in a series of free online talks, organised by Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, from researchers who have conducted research using our collections. Visit our ‘Events’ page to find out about further talks as they are announced.

  • Community Archives training videos available on YouTube

    Community Archives has added recorded versions of its recent training sessions to the Norfolk Record Office’s YouTube channel. This comprises the new Collections Management and Preservation sessions plus updated versions of the Cataloguing, Oral History and Digitisation sessions that we ran last year.

    All of the videos on the Community Archives project playlist can be found here -

    Each recording will link to the relevant section on our Community Archives Toolkit, and also has an optional survey for viewers to complete.

  • Webinar on Understanding Users of Catalogues and Archives

    Click here for a link to a recent Archives Hub webinar on the topic of User Experience and Behaviour, with speakers from the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and Queens Belfast.  We heard some really useful stuff around how users understand and navigate catalogues and how we can help undergrads understand primary sources.

    We all struggle to get good feedback on how users engage with our catalogues and so sharing our findings of user engagement on this whole area is a really useful exercise. We had a good discussion afterwards, which is also on the recording.

  • Registration now open for 'Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation' training, 28th-29th July 2021

    0700 - 0830 UTC or 1400 - 1530 UTC

    Registration is now open for 'Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation' training which will be delivered in two short instructor-led blocks on 28th and 29th July, with timing options designed to be suitable for attendees around the world.

    Open to all, and free to attend for DPC Members, this workshop comprises a series of presentations, interactive workshops and self-study.

    Aimed at helping provide attendees with skills and ideas for identifying stakeholders and champions required to affect change, it includes ways to showcase digital preservation as an indispensable service within an organization and provides resources to help support organizational advocacy activities.

    Click here to find out more and register.

  • Digitisation: TownsWeb Archiving Resources Round-Up

    TownsWeb Archiving has been working hard recently to identify and create the resources, information and guidance that it feels the industry most needs right now. This content has been positively received and many seem to be finding it helpful as we cautiously emerge from the current pandemic, and start to think about those current and future digitisation projects. For ease of reference, the following is a bit of a round-up on what we’ve created so far:

    How to Write When You’ve Got a Need

    Funding expert, Debbie Cooper, tells us exactly what funders are looking for in a successful funding bid. Click here.

    Funding Resource Pack

    A downloadable pack of resources focused on securing funding, to include top tips from industry experts and a range of comprehensive guides. Click here.

    Digitisation: Inhouse vs Outsourcing

    A neat and thorough analysis by Abby Matthews, Centre Manager, and Julia Parks, Project Manager, on the options available when it comes to digitisation. Click here.

    Top Tips for Digitisation: Inhouse vs Outsourced

    A downloadable PDF resource containing Abby and Julia’s 10 top tips for inhouse and outsourced digitisation projects. Click here.

  • New online exhibition: Women and Power? A Magdalen Story

    A new online exhibition from Magdalen College Library and Archive has been launched, based on the Old Library exhibition from Sept 2019 which marked 40 years of co-education here.

    Women and Power? A Magdalen Story. An online exhibition curated by Dr Charlotte Berry, William Shire and Prof Siân Pooley. Magdalen College, Oxford

     'Women and Power? A Magdalen Story' formed a central part of the College's celebrations in 2019-20 to mark 40 years since women were admitted as equal members of Magdalen. The exhibition was launched in the Old Library for the 40th anniversary of co-education alumni weekend of 14/15th Sept 2019. It also marked the end of a major College oral history project during summer 2019 and a campaign to collect in new archive materials from College alumni.

    We have had to work hard to uncover the narratives of the women who have been closely connected with Magdalen since the 15th century. Magdalen's women were peripheral and often disempowered, but they were always here.

    This exhibition raises questions about how power has been gendered at Magdalen College, Oxford, over more than 560 years. Why has power been dominated by men in institutions such as Magdalen? How have women accepted, used and resisted power structures within the College? In what contexts have women found ways to shape Magdalen, for themselves, for their peers and for future generations? 

    Who speaks and who is heard are essential political questions for any community. One aim for 'Women and Power? A Magdalen Story' was to stimulate debate on how we build inclusive, diverse and meaningful communities, for today and for the future. We hope that the new online version for 2021 will help to widen this much-needed conversation.  

    Please do explore the different tabs - we found a huge variety of relevant material in the college archives and also ran an oral history project and archive collecting campaign, to add to our collections and the voices represented in our student, staff, fellow and alumni communities.

  • Free resources and training on caring for audio collection material

    New, free online resources and training on caring for audio materials, aimed at non-specialist collection holders. Sound recording technology has been with us for well over a century, and it’s extremely common to find small quantities of tapes, discs and other formats in gallery, library, archive and museum collections around the UK and beyond, often held as part of larger, more traditional collections.

    Few professional staff in these institutions have received training in how to care for and make use of sound items, and as a result they are often relegated to the back of the shelf, waiting for a day that never comes. Many sound formats are endangered however, due to the looming unavailability of the necessary playback equipment, and so the time we have in which to finally tackle these collection items is limited, to a few years at most.

    The UK-wide Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project is launching a series of online resources and activities, to help collection holders understand and care for their sound collections.

    Free training

    From late May and throughout the summer, a series of over 40 free training events will be offered, mostly online. They will be led by ten regional sound preservation centres around the UK, helping collection holders of all kinds to preserve and use their sound collections more effectively.

    Events and dates will be announced throughout the summer. Click here for an up to date list of the online courses on offer. For physical training events in your area, switch off the Eventbrite “Search for online events” filter.

    Free online resource

    A series of nine introductory leaflets, produced by the British Library in partnership with project partners around the UK, breaks down the challenges of caring for sound collections into manageable topics, and points to further authoritative sources of information. They are freely available here.

    Free poster

    An excellent Unlocking Your Sound Heritage poster outlining simple, realistic steps towards successfully managing your sound collections will be sent free of charge to any UK collection holder on request. Just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Free advice

    Your local sound preservation centre will be happy to discuss any aspect of caring for or using sound collections with you.

  • 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.

  • Find out more about the CEF eArchiving Building Block here

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.