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

Archive Learning and Higher Education (presented by ALES)
Jan 27

Archive Learning and Higher Education (presented by ALES)


  • Overview:

    This event will offer talks from speakers sharing their experiences of using archives to promote and facilitate teaching in higher education.


    In order to cover catering costs, this event will be charged.

    Getting there:

    Nearest Tube: Camden Town Northern Line.

    Approximately 15 minutes' walk from Camden Town to London Irish Centre.

    Nearest Overground: Camden Road.

    By bus:

    The 253 bus goes from Euston past Camden Town (Northern Line interchange, bus stop Y) and Camden Road (Overground interchange, bus stop G) to Murray Street.

    The 29 also leaves from the Camden Town (Northern Line interchange, bus stop Y) and Camden Road (Overground interchange, bus stop G) to Murray Street.

    The 274 also goes from Camden Road (Overground interchange, bus stop G).

    Please note that you may wait longer for a bus than it takes to walk to the venue.


    Refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided. If you have specific dietary requirements please advise us at the time of booking. A café serving snacks is also available on site.


    Any delegates with personal support or access requirements are encouraged to contact the committee in advance to ensure we are able to meet your needs.

    09:30-10:00 Registration

    10:00-10:10 Welcome and introduction Tessa Spencer/Philip Milnes-Smith, ALES joint Training Officers

    10:10-10:40 Paper 1 Jacqueline Winston-Silk, Curator, Archives & Special Collections Centre, and Georgina Orgill, Assistant Manager, ASCC & Stanley Kubrick Archivist, University of the Arts London

    ‘Creative teaching with archives & objects at University of the Arts London’

    This co-delivered paper will showcase the ways in which UAL’s unique collections are embedded within creative teaching and learning. It will examine the ways in which the Archives & Special Collections Centre has reanimated its archives & objects through a number of case studies - making use of catalogued, uncatalogued and deaccessioned material.

    10:40-11:10 Paper 2 Dr Katrina Legg, Assistant Archivist, Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University

    ‘Working with others to validate and increase the use of archives within undergraduate learning and teaching’

    Working with other non-academic colleagues in the Library and the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT) has enabled the Archives to demonstrate how the use of archives in learning and teaching has pedagogical value (Chickering and Gamson’s ‘Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education’). The new relationships formed have led to the collaborative development of archives focused sessions and a multi-module online resource for undergraduates.

    11:10-11:25 Break

    11:25-11:55 Paper 3 Alison Harvey, Archivist, Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

    ‘Finding our place: practical and professional perspectives on teaching with archives’

    Exploring how Cardiff University’s archives support innovative methods of undergraduate assessment and self-development, and reflecting on the opportunities and challenges these activities present for the archival profession.

    11:55-12:25 Paper 4 Dayna Miller, Archivist, Kingston University Archives and Special Collections

    ‘From Fading Stones to Grace Kelly’s Eyes: Kingston University Archive meets the weird and wonderful world of BA Graphic Design’

    A look at how working with undergraduates can produce surprising results and create a sustained relationship between School and Archive. An examination of lessons learned and plans for the future.

    12:25-13:30 Lunch A sandwich lunch will be provided

    13:30-14:00 Paper 5 Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool John Moores University

    ‘Partner in the Archive: Historians and Archivists coming together through teaching’

    This paper will argue that archives offer university history departments unique opportunities to enhance their learning and teaching practices. It will reflect on how archivists and historians can build relationships with one another through collaborative educational activities.


    14:00-14:30 Paper 6 Aisling Keane, Digital Archivist, James Hardiman Library,

    National University of Ireland

    ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, or Reflections on 5 Years of Teaching History Undergraduates about Archives

    In 2015, the National University of Ireland’s Archives and Special Collections team designed and began teaching the module ‘Using Archives and Special Collections for Research’ to a group of 2nd year History Undergraduates. This paper will give an overview of its format, talk about the highlights and the challenges, and how the course has evolved to reflect both.

    14:30-14:45 Break

    14:45-15:15 Paper 7 Kevin Linch, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Leeds, and Vicky Grindrod, Archivist, West Yorkshire Archive Service

    ‘Engaging students with archives: West Yorkshire Archives and the University of Leeds partnership’

    This presentation will explore the ways the School of History at the University of Leeds has worked with West Yorkshire Archives to address barriers to students using archives. They will summarise surveys they did with students about their use of archives and what they said they’d like help with. They will also explore what they’ve done in partnership to improve students’ archive literacy and skills within the curriculum.

    15:15-15:45 Paper 8 Ruth Cammies, University Archivist, The Open University and Gabi Kent, Lecturer in Knowledge Exchange, School of Social Sciences and Global Studies, The Open University

    ‘Time to Think: Utilising a unique oral history collection for OU teaching and knowledge exchange’

    Time to Think: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons during the years of conflict 1972-2000 is an Open University Ireland oral history collection. The collection contains interviews with Loyalist and Republican ex-prisoners who studied in prison, Open University tutors and staff, prison education staff and Open University students who worked in the prisons.

    In this presentation Ruth Cammies will explore how the collection has been made accessible through The Open University Digital Archive and Gabi Kent will discuss ways in which the collection will be used in Open University teaching and knowledge exchange.

    15:45-16:00 Final remarks

  • Category
  • Date & Time
    Jan 27 2020 at 09:30 AM - Jan 27 2020 at 04:30 PM
  • Location & full address
    London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan