Stay Engaged - Learning Options

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

  • ARA Section for New Professionals - Dissertation Showcase #1 March 25th

    ARA's Section for New Professionals is excited to launch a new series of events - Dissertation Showcase.

    Click here for details of our first event on March 25th when we’ll be hearing from:

    • Jennifer Pearson: Assessing the “Quiet” Archivist Persona : How Archival Studies and Knowledge Management Practitioners Describe the Value of Research.
    • Karen McFarlane: “How do U.K. archivists perceive ‘white supremacy’ in the U.K. archives sector?”
    • Elizabeth Murray-Smith: ''The Archiving of Police Records"
    • Max Parkin: "The social function of archives can be used to help tackle loneliness."
    • Lucy Janes and Katie MacDonald: "Archives and Remembrance: reconsidering archiving practices: using the First World War Centenary as a lens to critically examine archiving practice"

    This series of showcases will hear from New Professionals about research they have carried out during their archive and information management studies. The topics within this series are varied and interesting. These events are open to all as we believe this a great opportunity for both new professionals and the wider field to hear about research, surveys and studies that have happened over the past few years. Please note that these events are open to all as we consider the research important for all within the profession.

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  • Oral History - Places available on University of Dundee short online course

    A small number of places are available for study in May 2021 on the short online course Oral History (nine weeks), offered by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee.

    Oral History:

    -          Introduction to oral history and its purpose

    -          Planning an oral history project

    -          Ethical, ownership and rights issues

    -          Conducting and transcribing oral history interviews

    -          Equipment, storage and access

    The deadline for applications is 19th March. Courses begin 10th May.

    Click here for details of how to apply.

    CAIS courses are taught by subject experts and are provided in a fully supported online learning environment. The course is ideal for anyone seeking to acquire or refresh knowledge in this area of professional practice. All short courses and Masters degrees offered by CAIS are accredited by the Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland and by Records and Information Management Professionals, Australasia.

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  • Rebuilding Heritage inclusion webinars
  • As part of its programme on inclusive working practice, Rebuilding Heritage is holding two free events exploring the practicalities of inclusive working. It is so important as we start to think about an end to lockdowns and a return to more normal working practices that we recognise this transition point as an opportunity for change and make use of it to review and improve the way we work.

    The free webinars will be delivered in partnership with Disability Collaborative Network and EMBED.

    Inclusivity at Work

    Monday 22nd February  |  Online, 1.30pm – 3pm
    This free session will explore the nature of inclusive leadership and the benefits of inclusive working practices to organisation and businesses, and will provide advice on how to approach change. Click here to find out more and book.

    Tools for Workplace Inclusion
    Tuesday 2nd March  |  Online, 11.00am – 12.30pm 
    This free session will look at practicalities, outlining your legal responsibilities as an employer and demonstrating how small and medium sized organisations and businesses can implement the Passport scheme. Click here to find out more and book.

  • Award nominations open for the Community Archive Heritage Awards 2021

    Submissions for the 2021 Community Archive Heritage Awards are now open. The closing date is 30th April 2021.  The awards are run by the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) which supports and promotes community archives in the UK and Ireland.

    The annual awards are open to all community groups in the UK and Ireland who are members of CAHG.

    There are four categories for the 2021 awards: Community Engagement, Gathering and Preserving Heritage, Contribution to Wellbeing, and Networks of Archives. You may nominate your own group or nominate another group.

    Click here to find out more about the award categories and complete the application form.

  • 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:


    • 17-18 March | Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
    • 30-31 March | Early Modern English Palaeography (Nigel Ramsay)
    • 10 April | Medieval Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts (Anna Somfai)


    • 4-5 May | German Palaeography (Claudia Wedepohl and Dorothea McEwan)
    • 11-12 May | Introduction to Music in Medieval Manuscripts (Brianne Dolce)
    • 17-18 May | Middle English Palaeography (Anthony Edwards)

    Click here for more details.

  • Transcription and Cataloguing Workshop 10-12 March

    You are invited to an upcoming trans-national workshop discussing transcription for cataloguing-at-scale. As a collaborative and practical remote workshop, we would value your expertise, experience and perspective. This event is being hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Research Collections, in partnership with the University of Virginia Law Library.

    Over three afternoons (GMT) 10th-12th March, 2021, the workshop will demonstrate the innovative work that has been done to test transcription on an early printed collection, the Scottish Court of Session Papers, and an 18th century handwritten collection, the notebooks of Sir Charles Lyell.

    The workshop will include hands-on practical sessions to allow participants the opportunity to experiment with the techniques we have developed to investigate how these techniques can be applied to other print collections and to illustrate their potential for pursuing digital scholarship.

    Full details of the event and registration can be found here. Please register by 1st March 2021.  Attendance is free. The project is funded by the Scottish Library Information Council's Resource Discovery Fund.

  • Workshop: Collecting a Nation: 2020, a year to remember - 4 March 2021

    ARA South East would like to draw your attention to our upcoming workshop on 4 March (13:30-15:30). 

    The theme of this session will be Collecting a Nation: 2020, a year to remember.  Focusing on approaches to collecting material on national events and causes, such as the coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, and climate change.

    The speakers will include Bristol Museums talking about their climate change collection campaign, Cambridge University Library and their COVID-19 collecting appeal, and the Bishopsgate Institute discussing their Angela Christofilou Archive, which contains digital photography of contemporary protests and demonstrations in the UK.

    The webinar will run on Microsoft Teams from 13:30-15:30, including the ARA South East AGM towards the end of the event.

    Please register here for the webinar.

  • Getting to Grips with Your Photographic Collection Webinar - 24 Feb 2021 (12:00-12:30)

    The Scottish Council on Archives Preservation Committee is pleased to announce the first webinar in our latest series: Focus on Photography.

    From identifying photographic type and how to care for them to dating images through fashion, these sessions will explore many different aspects of managing photographs in archive collections. Designed for archivists and anyone with photographs in their collection, the webinars will give practical advice from experts, and offer guidance on caring, storing, and cataloguing items.

    Each session will take place on Zoom and run for around thirty minutes, featuring a short presentation with plenty of opportunity for your questions. We are delighted to be working with Susie Clark, photographic conservator, for our initial workshops.

    Session One: Getting to Grips with Your Photographic Collection Date & Time: Wednesday 24 February, 12:00-12:30

    This session will provide an outline of the ways in which you might divide up photographic collections, whether into positives and negatives, black and white and colour, or by subject matter, format, or materials, and why each may be relevant.

    Registration: Please register here.  

    About Susie: Susie Clark ACR ICON is an accredited Photographic Conservator and Consultant with many years of experience. She has worked for a large number of institutions, organizations and private individuals in Britain and abroad. She was the recipient of the Museums and Galleries Commission Jerwood Conservation Award for Research and Innovation for her work on the conservation of wet collodion positives. She was also the conservator for the Collaborative Research Project between the National Science and Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute looking at characteristics of different photographic processes. She has taught for many organizations and written for many publications. She is currently Assistant Co-ordinator for the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Group and a committee member of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftmanship which provides bursaries. She was previously a committee member of the Film and Sound Group of the Society of Archivists. She was recently an Honorary Teaching Fellow for the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee.

  • Novice to Know-How online training: Registration open for March, 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 March, 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.

  • ARA South East holds 'Collecting a Nation: 2020, a year to remember’ webinar

    ARA South East is pleased to announce a webinar that will focus on 'Collecting a Nation: 2020, a year to remember’ on Thursday 4th March. This will focus on approaches to collecting material on national events and causes, such as the coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, and climate change.

    The speakers will include Bristol Museums talking about their climate change collection campaign, Cambridge University Library and their COVID-19 collecting appeal, the Bishopsgate Institute discussing their Angela Christofilou Archive, which contains digital photography of contemporary protests and demonstrations in the UK, and the Black History Curator at the National Museum of Wales.

    Please click here to register for the webinar which will run on Microsoft Teams from 13:30-15:30, including the ARA South East AGM towards the end of the event.

  • Short Course - Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to Codicology (23rd – 24th April)

            The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London is organising a two-day online short course on Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to                           Codicology by Dr Walid Ghali and Dr Anne Regourd. The short course will take place on 23rd-24th April.

  • Please contact Layal Mohammad is you have any questions.

    This two day online course aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and it role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript in particular. The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands. Some practical examples will be given based on the lecturers’ long experiences. The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the Para-textual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.

    This introductory course is intended for students, researchers and librarians who are working in the field of manuscript studies. In the two-day course, the lecturers will cover a wide range of aspects for those who are acquiring basic knowledge in this field.

    Learning outcomes:

    - Basic understanding of the field of manuscript studies in general.

    - Identify the role of manuscripts in knowledge production in different areas studies in Muslim cultures.

    Length of course: 2 days (4 lectures)

    You can download the course structure here.

    Course Convenors

    • Dr Walid Ghali is the Head of the Aga Khan Library, London, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and a Chartered Librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Also, he is a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, University of Cambridge. Dr Ghali received his PhD from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts in 2012. His current research projects focus on the Islamic manuscript traditions, particularly in Arabic script, and the history of books. Dr Ghali teaches Sufism, Arabic literature and manuscript traditions. Before moving to London, Dr Ghali worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. He has also held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as the Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait.
    • Dr Anne Regourd is researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France. She has published extensively in the fields of History and Philology dealing with Codicology, Paper Studies, and Papyrology. She is the editor of book, The Trade in Papers Marked with Non-Latin Characters, Leiden, E.J. Brill, 2018, and heads the free access online journal, Nouvelles Chroniques du Manuscrit au Yémen.


    Tickets: £80 for professionals | £50 for students, AKU alumni and staff. Book your ticket here.

    The course will be delivered via Zoom and further details will be provided later upon registration.

  • Join the next Archives for Learning and Education Section (ALES) lunchtime talk

    The third remote lunchtime talk from the Archives for Learning and Education Section of the ARA will take place in March, and is being given by Dr Hannah-Louise Clark, Lecturer in Global Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow and a specialist of the modern Middle East and North Africa, and Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist and Engagement Lead at the University of Glasgow and Special Collections. 

    Their talk, entitled: ‘Using History Hackathons to foster creativity, collegiality and (careful) fun with archives’, will be held using Microsoft Teams at 1pm on Monday 8th March. After the talk there will be the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speaker. 

    The event is free to attend for ARA members. To book a place, please complete this online form by Monday 1st March 2021. Information on how to join will be sent to attendees ahead of the event. 

  • Warburg Institute - Times of Festival: Spring 2021

  • Times of Festival is a new online lecture series on festivals in Europe and beyond from the perspectives of social history, art history, history of music and literature, and anthropology. Convener and organiser: Eckart Marchand (Bilderfahrzeuge Project / Warburg Institute)

  • All sessions are free via zoom.

    • Wednesday 24 February 2021: 5.30pm (UK time) Matteo Casini (University of Massachusetts, Boston): 'A Society on Show: State Processions in Renaissance Venice (1495-1600)'. Click here for more details and to book.
    • Wednesday 17 March 2021: 5.30pm (UK time) Susanne Kuechler (UCL): 'An Anthropological Perspective on Festival, Time and the Image'

    Click here for more details and to book.

  • Explore and Discover: Applying AI vision search technologies to our collections

    Can AI recognise a herbarium rose specimen from the Royal Botanic Garden collections and find the same flower on a stylised pattern print in The UK National Archives’ design registers? Can a trained algorithm match an artist’s sketch of a flower with a similar image on a 3D ceramic vase?

    Deep Discoveries: Computer vision searching across our national digitised image collections’ is one of eight foundation projects in the Arts and Humanities Research Council scheme ‘Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World’ programme, which aims to establish and develop the technologies and infrastructures necessary to virtually link our nation’s heritage collections.

    In collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, V&A, and University of Surrey, The UK National Archives will explore the potential of computer vision search to make our image collections discoverable in new and unexpected ways. Watch a video about the project here.

  • 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.

    There are two on-line workshops, supported by recorded audio-visual material and written guidance and tasks. Click here to book tickets.   If you have any questions about the training please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." Lucy Davis at The UK National Archives.  

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    Listen today on your preferred podcast platform or stream on Spotify. A full transcript is available here:

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.