The Archives & Records Association both holds and participates in many events throughout the year. Below you will see our complete programme of regional and themed training events with booking details

Emotional Support in Archives
Sep 17

Emotional Support in Archives

This event is for Records professionals who regularly catalogue and process sensitive material.


This event is for Records professionals who regularly catalogue and process sensitive material.

  • Emotional Support in Archives

    17th September, 10:30am – 16:00

    Venue: Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH28EP


    (Event costs: ARA members: £25 Non-members: £30 - to secure a place Book Online here)

    Event Description:

    Archivists, Conservators and Records Managers regularly catalogue and process documents containing sensitive material as well as assisting readers to access documents which they may find upsetting or distressing. This event will include presentations from archivists and conservators with experience in this field. They will discuss their work with traumatic documents, share some of the coping mechanisms they have found helpful in their own work and give advice on some of the ways records professionals can support both members of staff and readers. There will be a time for discussion at the end of the presentations.


    10:30 - Registration and coffee

    11:00 - Introduction

    11:10 – “Emotional support for records professionals - How Conservation at NRS manages this work” (Linda Ramsay, Head of Conservation, National Records of Scotland)

    Working with the collections of the National Records of Scotland has required conservation and preservation staff in NRS to work with, and manage the impact of working with, distressing, sensitive and sometimes disturbing records. Linda will reflect on the experience of NRS conservation staff and share the methods they have developed for managing the emotional impact of such work.

    11:50 – “Distressing and traumatic records: PRONI’s approach” (Wesley Geddis, Deputy Head of Records Management, Cataloguing and Access, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

    PRONI holds and gives access to a range of records containing distressing information. For the past 4-5 years Wesley has been heavily involved in dealing with requests from victims and survivors of the troubles, and other traumatic experiences, who are seeking access to their own information or about incidents in which they were involved. He will discuss the steps PRONI has taken to support both staff and readers accessing this information.

    12:30 - Lunch (included – please advise of any dietary requirements when booking)

    1:30 – “A personal reflection on Mental Health First Aiding in the workplace” (Dina Strati, Records, Archives, and Document Management Team Lead, Midlothian Council) 

    As part of her role at Midlothian Council, Dina Strati is a mental health first aider and mental health champion, trained by MHFA England. She will share some of her experiences, reveal what she has learnt through this work and give some practical tips on how to provide emotional support to others in the workplace.

    2:10 – “Preserving our records and protecting our staff: the development of risk assessment and self-assessment tools in the National Records of Scotland” (Gillian Mapstone, Head of Records and Archives Engagement National Records of Scotland)

    In fulfilling their mission to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history, NRS staff are exposed to emotionally demanding situations when working with records and the provision of access to them. NRS is developing a number of wellbeing risk assessment and self-assessment tools to identify, manage and mitigate these risks to protect and support the wellbeing of our workforce. Gillian will talk about the catalysts for, and the development of, these tools within NRS.

    2:50 - Tea/coffee

    3:10 – Open discussion

    4:00 - Close

  • Category
    ARA Events
  • Date & Time
    Sep 17 2019 at 10:30 AM - Sep 17 2019 at 04:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan