Stay Engaged - Learning Options
Here you’ll find a whole host of other CPD ideas to consider.
- The (UK) National Archives is running a webinar on 21st August about re-opening archives inclusively. The webinar will run through various scenarios that will ask participants to think inclusively about re-opening policies. The scenarios will cover a range of issues in relation to the nine protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010. The group will then look at how these scenarios can be managed to best benefit those concerned. We will also share the results of our recent inclusive re-opening survey, which asked archive users and employees for their concerns about re-opening.
This webinar is primarily aimed at those who are responsible for the re-opening of an archive service or who will be interacting with users once services re-open. Book your place on the webinar here.
The UK National Archives (TNA) 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 Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) – SAHGB’s Annual Symposium - 'ARCH/TECTURES ARCH/IVES’ - has been re-imagined as a series of four afternoon virtual symposia between July and October. Organised in collaboration with the Architectural Association Archives and RIBA Collections, the first of these explores concealment and representation, with a timely focus on diversity and inclusivity, in archival and architectural practice.
- Session 1, 17th July: Concealment/Representation
- Session 2: 14th Aug: Practice/Pedagogy
- Session 3: 18th Sept: Audience/Use
- Session 4: 23rd Oct: Plenary
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