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Here you’ll find a whole host of other CPD ideas to consider.
Catalogue Day at The National Archives
Friday 27th November marked the 20th anniversary of TNA's Catalogue Day. This event normally takes place onsite and is an opportunity for family and social historians, academics and archive and information management colleagues to hear about the latest cataloguing and digital initiatives running across the office.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, TNA produced its first 'digital' Catalogue Day event! Click here to read and hear about a number of projects currently being undertaken at TNA, together with an external contribution from Caroline Bolton, Senior Archivist at the University of Leeds.
The UK National Archives: Online Training Opportunity: Creative Income Generation
The UK National Archives is running two free Creative Income Generation learning and development online workshops. A creative approach to income generation has become a significant skill set for archive sector leaders. It can play a key role in making your archive service more resilient, while ensuring that strategic outcomes are pursued and the changing needs and wants of the community are met.
You will leave the two workshops with the following:
- Enhanced insight to the concept of creativity
- Clear understanding of a process and techniques that they can implement within their service to enable creative income generation (including a comprehensive resource pack, with templates)
- Enhanced skills in key areas of creative income generation (which will be useful in many other ways)
- Knowledge of existing income generation practice within the sector
During the workshops we will apply the process and techniques to your 'real world' challenges. Therefore, you will also leave the workshops with a practical plan of action that you can take forward to generate greater levels of income. You can then share the concepts and methods with other members of your team, supported by the recorded audio-visual material and written guidance and tasks. This will enable the team to implement the income generation process, whether working from home or from the more traditional workplace.
This learning and development programme will work well for all types of archives from all sectors, especially where income generation is a current priority.
The workshops will be facilitated by Steve Wood, a Coach, Facilitator and Consultant with a 24-year track record helping individuals, teams, organisations and partnerships to improve and develop enhanced resilience and wellbeing. Steve has supported many types of organisations across the UK and beyond, including global corporations such as JLR, BMW and Siemens. His passion lies within the culture and heritage sector, where he is well known for designing and delivering innovative and engaging workshops, such as Personal Workplace Resilience, Influencing and Advocacy and Successful Service Transformation, as well as coaching many sector leaders. He also designed and delivers the learning and development programme for the Archive Service Accreditation Peer Review team.
WWII Showcase - TfL Corporate Archives Exhibition
TfL’s Corporate Archives “World War II Showcase” is virtual exhibition that has been put together in very short time thanks to the extreme hard work of both the Archives team and a secondee from TfL’s Tech & Data department. Transport for London Corporate Archives World War II Showcase
22,850 London Passenger Transport Board (TfL’s predecessor company) staff served in the armed forces during WWII. But service to the war effort was not limited to fighting overseas. In London, our staff showed great resilience, determination, and sacrifice to shelter civilians from bombings, keep transport services running during air raid, provide aid to staff and their families who were in need, and undertake manufacturing for the war effort.
The exhibition uses only material available to staff remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic to shed light on some of the stories of the London Passenger Transport Board at War. Learn how women stepped in to supplement the workforce and how the organisation responded to them. Hear first accounts of sheltering in the tube and being evacuated. Explore the heroic acts of bravery performed by our staff both fighting overseas and on the Home Front. And meet our very own ‘Dad’s Army’.
The exhibition site will be available until July 2021 and more material will become available as and when we have access to our physical collections. The exhibition has been curated with accessibility high in our minds and within the confines of the tools available to us we have endeavoured to make resources available in a variety of formats. As well as the images and their accompanying stories, there are consolidated story documents available in PDF form, and video versions of each story are in production.
Business Archives Council Scotland Corporate Connections event and AGM
The Business Archives Council Scotland (BACS) is pleased to present the next Corporate Connections event combined with the BACS AGM. The BACS team invite members who are business archivists and business archive custodians to this informal event where current challenges, successes and ideas are shared through online discussion.
Corporate Connections is an initiative by BACS to encourage conversations, bringing together the small community of business archivists and custodians of business archives in Scotland, many of whom work alone, to share our experiences. Regular social online meet ups will be held every few months, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and allow you to meet your peers. Anything and everything business archives will be openly discussed among friends.
The theme of this event is 'Collecting in a Crisis' - A Guide to Rescuing Business Records. Discussion will be led by Dr Christopher Cassells, Business Archives Council Surveying Officer, who will introduce a recent BACS/ SCA publication on the topic and lead discussion about the role of businesses and caring for their collections in times of crisis.
This event will be followed by the BACS AGM where a summary of the year’s events will be provided and officers elected onto the committee for 2021. Papers will be provided to delegates as required.
Where: Online - Zoom link will be sent to attendees in advance
When: Wednesday 16th December 2020, 10.30am - 12.00am
What: Chris will introduce the recent BACS/SCA publication, Collecting in a Crisis: A guide to rescuing business records, and share his experiences of working with businesses and business archives through the pandemic.
Click here to reserve a place.
DAM and Museums online event - February 10th 2021
Henry Stewart Conferences is holding an online event 'DAM and Museums' on February 10th 2021. Connect and network with members of the museums, cultural heritage and DAM community. Learn how today's infrastructure and technology supports art and culture, and how a Digital Asset Management system is becoming the creative link between technology and art. The event is free to attend for all museums, cultural heritage and non-profit organisations, and $25 for end users.
You will hear from leaders in the industry including representatives from Microsoft, MoMa, The Met, Royal Ontario Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum Hue, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and many more.
Click here to register for the online event.
London Metropolitan Archives 18th Annual LGBTQ+ Conference – 5th December 2020
Celebrating its 18th birthday, the LGBTQ+ History Conference is ‘coming of age’, yet it is still grappling with important themes in history and heritage. #UnorthodoxConf. This year explores a variety of topics and themes, including:
· How to Search LGBTQI+ Historical Records
· What should go into a Queer British Museum?
· What are the Missing Voices in LGBTQI+ History?
· In what way faith, religion, and belief intersect with sexuality, transition(ing), identity and dissent?
· How can we redress the invisibility, erasure and misconceptions of LGBTQI+ people in general and LGBTQI+ people of faith in particular?
London Metropolitan Archives is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to this year’s conference. This year we will be ticketing the conference using a 'pay what you can’ model’ The cost of a full price ticket to support London Metropolitan Archives in covering costs for the conference is £30.00. A suggested minimum payment is £10.00 however we would encourage those who can pay more to do so. Any profits made from the conference will go directly back into the Learning Programme, supporting us to continue our work.
Click here for full programme details and to book. This year’s conference will be hosted on Zoom. All attendees who have registered via the Eventbrite link will be sent a full programme and session booking form later in the autumn, via email. Please note that some sessions will have a limited capacity so early booking is advised. The Zoom link will be sent to you 48hrs before the conference.
Cultural Heritage and Multilateralism: Regional and International Strategies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage
It will shortly be the anniversary of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on illicit trafficking. To mark the occasion, The Federal Foreign Office is hosting a three-day online conference from 16th to 18th November 2020 in cooperation with UNESCO, the European Union and the Council of Europe. This will bring together high-ranking representatives from international organisations and non-governmental organisations with renowned experts. Panels will address issues relating to combating illicit trafficking in cultural property, the protection of cultural heritage in crisis situations, sustainable heritage protection and the return of cultural property under the criteria of the 1970 Convention, and will provide an opportunity to discuss current challenges. Conclusions will also be drawn on the contribution the collaborative protection of cultural property can make to effective multilateralism.
Click here for further details.
Ways Out of Crisis webinars for the heritage sector
The third Rebuilding Heritage programme is now open for booking. The webinar series respond to the theme Ways Out of Crisis and will provide advice and tips for organisations on the most effective ways to approach leadership, business planning, and communications and marketing in challenging and uncertain times.
Business Planning in Uncertain Times
10 December, 2pm-3.15pm
Creative United present a webinar with business consultant Louise Emerson who will untangle some of the business planning challenges currently faced by heritage organisations.
Full details of the webinar series are available here.
The National Archives (UK) regularly updates its list of online learning opportunities, including a list of free talks, webinars and live Q&Ashttps://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/visit-us/whats-on/events/?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_mailer__25_june_2020&utm_content=2020-06-29
The UK National Archives: Free Archive Service Accreditation e-learning
The UK National Archives has launch a free online training course for Archive Service Accreditation. The training can be accessed here.
The online training is for anyone who works with archive collections and who is interested in finding out about Archive Service Accreditation.
It is designed for participants to work through at their own pace, either by dipping into individual modules or by working through the whole training course at once.
The training covers:
* an introduction to the standard and how the standard applies to an archive service
* which archive services are eligible to apply for Archive Service Accreditation
* the benefits of applying for accreditation
* advice on planning and making an application, including tips from accredited archive services
* the assessment process and how Archive Service Accreditation is awarded
* how to retain accredited status
The e-learning is hosted on Moodle and participants will be directed to Eventbrite to register for a profile.
The UK National Archives Training Opportunities
Advanced bid writing for archives:
The Advanced Bid Writing course has been designed for those who already have a good understanding of what goes into a funding bid, what funders are looking for, and have had some experience submitting applications or bids to funders and/or commissioners. This course has been written specifically for the people who work in the archive sector and will help delegates unpick all things bid writing; from finding funding opportunities, to effectively articulating the case for support, to unpicking full cost recovery this course will answer all of your bid writing questions! The course will be delivered by Leah Selinger, 3rd Sector Mission Control Consultant.
Please click on the link for more details and to book.
Advanced crowdfunding for archives:
Digital has been growing in importance as a fundraising channel, particularly since lockdown. How can your archive make the most of digital fundraising and crowdfunding? This course is designed for people who may be relatively inexperienced in digital fundraising. This training will be delivered by Clare Routley, 3rd Sector Mission Control Consultant.
Please click on the link for more details and to book.
The courses will run from 10am -3pm and will be run online (via Zoom). They will be interactive and will not be recorded. The courses will feature the material covered in the one hour courses delivered earlier in the year. Numbers will be limited to 20 places per course.
Why Records Management Matters Webinar series (from 29th October 2020)
Join the Scottish Council on Archives on Thursday lunchtimes as it explores the importance of different aspects of Records Management with recordkeepers, users and leaders in their field
Truth, justice, accountability are fundamental to human rights but in many parts of the world, are in short supply. It has always been in the interests of authoritarian regimes to distort truth, pervert justice and avoid accountability. Worryingly, it is becoming more mainstream in western societies for governments and big corporations to play fast and loose with 'evidence' and data, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between truth and lies. 'Alternative facts', fake news, deep fake technology, and the rise of the alt-right scandal make us question evidence. What should we believe? Who can we trust?
The role, therefore, of archivists and records managers in particular, in safeguarding authenticity and safekeeping personal and corporate information is more important than ever. Democracy is underpinned by the management and storage of evidence based on principles of best practice not political advantage or priorities.
At a time where data and its management are proving vital to fight the virus, we are routinely reminded of the importance of effective records management and how fundamental it is to society; it ensures that organisations, in both the public and private sector, are efficient and effective. By processing data, physical and digital, ensuring legislative compliance, preserving corporate memory, enabling access to information and helping organisations to meet administrative, financial and legal requirements, records managers support strategic objectives and business outcomes.
What would the world look like without records managers? With speakers from private and public sectors, we will explore different aspects of records management each week, and examine its impact on all our lives.
Registration: Please register here.
Schedule: All sessions will take place at 12:30-13:00
- 3 December: A Personal Story: The Impact of Records Management on the Individual , Heather Jack, Information and Records Management Consultant
Each session will take place on MS Teams and joining instructions will be sent out in advance of the webinar.
The SAM Podcast is interviewing Morwenna Roche about unions in the heritage sector
The November episode of the SAM podcast will feature Morwenna Roche, Archivist for the Wallace Museum and a representative of the PCS Union, and will cover the topic of trade unions in the heritage sector. The episode will provide guidance for heritage professionals interested in joining a union and will look at how to make the most of the support and services unions offer their members. It will also look at current sector issues including redundancies and strike action.
Listeners can submit questions for Morwenna here.
Subscribe or follow the podcast on your platform of choice to be notified of new podcast episodes and follow SAM on Twitter – @ARAArchMus – to hear about upcoming podcasts and to take part in future episodes by submitting your questions for our guests.
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 31 films available to watch on the High Life Highland YouTube channel. Find out more about Learn with Lorna series here.
Episode Two of the SAM Podcast is live
In the second episode of the SAM Podcast, Louise McAward-White from Fair Museum Jobs talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of recruitment practices in the heritage sector. Louise explains the principles of the Fair Museum Jobs Manifesto and how recruiters in archives, museums and galleries can use it to help bring fairness, transparency and inclusiveness to the heritage sector.
This podcast is an essential listen for anyone navigating the job market in the heritage sector, whether you're a recruiter or a job seeker.
We discuss how our sector's workforce might recover from COVID-19. You’ll learn why certain commonly used criteria in job descriptions can discriminate against potential applicants. You'll hear about how to advocate for yourself at work by building a case for a higher starting salary or better workplace benefits. You’ll receive concrete and actionable advice for crafting better, fairer and more effective personal specifications and advertisements for heritage jobs and other roles.
Fair Museum Jobs has also published an excellent blog post to accompany the podcast episode:
The next SAM Podcast will look at trade unions in the heritage sector (including if and how to join one, how to get the most from a union, and the roles unions are playing in the current climate). A call for listener questions will go out soon.
The UK National Archives: Fundraising training videos now online
The UK National Archives recently ran two online training courses called 'Advanced Bidwriting' and 'Crowdfunding and Digital Fundraising'. These courses have been recorded and are now available to watch for free on The UK National Archives YouTube channel.
Each course is divided into four modules of an hour or less so that they can be viewed at a time and place that suits you. All of these videos also have captions, which you can turn on in YouTube using the subtitles button.
A free online Future Learn course on using social media in a professional context (includes PDF certificate on successful completion): https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/digital-skills-social-media
The 'Conservation: Together at Home' webinar series has had over 40 events now and many are available to watch as videos.
If you are looking to brush up on your science, David Mills has a series of short 'Lockdown Conservation Science' videos on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidMills_Physicist/featured.
'Deciphering manuscripts' is a seven week introductory course to medieval history and manuscript production, including modules on manuscript studies, writing supports, book formats, and bookbinding.
The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) & Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) has a series of self-study courses looking at different elements of photographic chemistry. See here for further details.
- MEMS Library Lockdown (MEMSlib). MEMSlib is an initiative of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. MEMSlib continuously updates its online resource pages, bringing you the latest tools and websites to help with your research, including suggestions for reading and assistance relating to the wonderful world of handwritten books and documents, both medieval and early modern, as well as links to image sourcing websites, manuscript pages, architecture-related websites and more. www.memslib.co.uk
A huge variety of professional tasks can be carried out while working from home and the Association of Canadian Archivists has provided a very useful list of possible projects at www.archivists.ca/Latest-News-Announcements/8834686
- Cultural Heritage and the City. Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage. www.futurelearn.com/courses/cultural-heritage-cities
- Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher. Learn how to understand the past to explain the present and get to know the amazing sources and resources of the British Library. www.futurelearn.com/courses/learning-from-the-past
- The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800, Explore the history of the book during the early modern period and learn how the invention of printing revolutionised our world. www.futurelearn.com/courses/history-of-the-book
- Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum: Get an introduction to museum studies with this free online course. Learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today www.futurelearn.com/courses/museum
- Understanding Diversity and Inclusion: Develop your attitudes, skills and knowledge of cultural diversity so you're able to create inclusive environments. www.futurelearn.com/courses/diversity-inclusion-awareness
- Antisemitism: From its Origins to the Present - Join 50 leading scholars in exploring antisemitism, from its roots to its contemporary forms. www.futurelearn.com/courses/antisemitism
- If you’ve never done any family history try Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. Develop an understanding of genealogy – how to research your family tree and share the results – with this free online course. www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy
- For a different approach to palaeography check out Early Modern Scottish Palaeography: Reading Scotland's Records. Travel back in time through Scottish history by examining early modern Scottish handwriting. www.futurelearn.com/courses/ems-palaeography
- What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both past and contemporary societies. www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/what-heritage/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
- This free course, looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artefact databases. www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/looking-describing-and-identifying-objects/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
- Besides being simple mementos, family photographs can offer insights into the past. This free course, Picturing the family, looks at some of the ways photographs can reveal, and sometimes conceal, important information about the past. It teaches the skills and provides some of the knowledge needed to interpret such pictorial sources. www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/visual-art/picturing-the-family/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
- Browse through some early modern medieval journals if you find yourself with a free afternoon: https://casebooks.lib.cam.ac.uk/
- There is a very wide selection of material to be read at https://thefreelancehistorywriter.com/about-2/
- The British Library has a few online resources that are fun to look through, www.bl.uk/discover-and-learn/online-exhibitions
- If you want to have a look around some Gothic monuments, you can always go to http://mappinggothic.org
- Brush up on your Paleography online: https://spotlight.vatlib.it/greek-paleography
- Why not browse some of the Vatican’s manuscripts while you wait everything out, https://digi.vatlib.it/
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
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA): A video from LMA which includes tips on how to safely handle, store and clean vinyl and shellac discs in order to preserve them. https://youtu.be/lv4YAy-WjT
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