Stay Engaged - Learning Options

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

  • The National Archives (UK) regularly updates its list of online learning opportunities, including a list of free talks, webinars and live Q&As

    https://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
    For a full list of speakers and to register for a free ticket, please click here.
  • Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies’ runs ‘Alchemy in the Archives’ Online Conference

This online conference, which will be held over two sessions, will explore how archives can be a springboard for creativity. Attendees will hear from creative practitioners, art music and theatre backgrounds, project organisers and participants.

The conference is for heritage learning professionals and creatives seeking new ways to engage audiences. 

The conference will take place over two sessions, the first on Saturday 19th September and the second on 26th September.  

Full Programme:

Sat 19 September, 10.00am – 12.00 noon (Part I)

  • 10.00 Welcome, housekeeping, opening comments Julie Gregson, Head of Service, Hertfordshire Archives & Locals Studies
  • 10.10 – 11.00 Threads of Time: Art inspired by Archives Case Study Project overview by Marion Hill, Learning & Access Officer, Hertfordshire Archives & Locals Studies. Presentation of work by project participant, Ghislaine Peart.
  • 11.00-11.10 Virtual Coffee and viewing of Threads of Time material online
  • 11.10-11.50 My Story: Hertfordshire Libraries Youth Arts Project Case Study Project overview from Kerry Lanigan, Project Coordinator, and presentation of creative writing by participant, Gladys Moore.
  • 11.50- 12.00 Closing comments, further resources, funding sources, evaluation.

Sat 26 September, 10.00am - 12.45pm (Part II)

  • 10.00 - 10.10 Welcome, housekeeping, opening comments Julie Gregson, Head of Service, Hertfordshire Archives & Locals Studies
  • 10.10 – 11.00 Theatre from Archives a Case Study by Pins and Feathers Kate Miller from Pins & Feathers will present a case study of a recent theatre project drawing on archive material from HALS.
  • 11.00-11.10 Virtual Coffee
  • 11.10 – 12.40 Archives & Music Workshop AmyBeth Beel will collaborate with delegates to create an original piece of music in response to archive material.  Delegated are warmly invited to bring their own instrument if they have one. 
  • 12.40 Closing comments, further resources, funding sources, evaluation.

Tickets cost £6 for Part 1 or 2, or £10 for both. To book, please click here.  Full joining instructions will be emailed to you ahead of the conference.

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  • Latest Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE) Online Event

DALE is the Digital Archives Learning Exchange, a network facilitated by The National Archives (UK) to explore digital challenges, build capacity and improve digital skills across the sector.

The 'DALE: Engage! Producing outstanding digital resources' free event will run online from 2pm on Tuesday 29th September.

Archive services are continuing to explore new ways of producing and providing online content. This has been magnified by lockdown, and as services start to re-open with limited access, prompting archive services to find ways of engaging remotely with new and existing audiences.

This event will include sessions on accessibility, demonstrating impact, developing online content for children, and running a remote volunteering project. There will also be an update on 'Plugged In, Powered Up', The National Archives' strategy to increase digital capacity across the archive sector.

Click here to book your place.

  • Lyell Lectures 2020: Professor Marc Smith, 'Writing models from manuscript to print: France, England and Europe, c. 1400–1800'

Professor Marc Smith, Professeur de Paléographie, École Nationale des Chartes, will deliver a series of four online lectures on the subject of 'Writing models from manuscript to print: France, England and Europe, c. 1400–1800'.  The lectures can be viewed on 29th September, 1st October, 6th October and 8th October 2020.

Registration information will be available soon here.

  • The Major Archive Projects Learning Exchange - MAPLE - was set up to support organisations planning or managing large projects by providing a forum for sharing experiences, knowledge and plans.  MAPLE encourages the free and open exchange of ideas and information. This year's global health emergency and the aftermath of the pandemic poses real challenges to those developing and managing projects.  MAPLE is going VIRTUAL to give members a chance to share experiences and think collaboratively about how to rise to those challenges.

    Save the Date -  Wednesday 21st October 2020 - when MAPLE will look at "Flexing your project for a post-pandemic world".

    If you have something to share on this topic and would be willing to present at the webinar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. would be delighted to hear from you.   The provisional programme aims to look at how to flex a building project that is already underway, how to adapt a collections-based project (cataloguing, conservation, digitisation) and how to reflect the "new normal" if you are in the throes of designing your project now.  Send Caroline an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in sharing your experiences!  She is particularly keen to hear from those working outside the local authority archive sector.

    To join MAPLE, go to www.khub.net<http://www.khub.net>, sign up for an account and then search for and join MAPLE.  It's free!

  • 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