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Kickstart a successful freelance career in the archives and records sector training workshop
Mar 02

Kickstart a successful freelance career in the archives...


  • Kickstart a successful freelance career in the archives and records sector

    A one-day training course for those aspiring to set up as effective freelancers and consultants in the archives and records sector.

    Monday 2 March 2020

    Venue: London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

    Join this practical and inspiring training workshop designed to kickstart and sustain a flourishing freelancing or consultancy business in the archives and records sector. The day is jam-packed with proven approaches, ideas and tools to help you to get started, market yourself, find work, win work, manage your finances and handle client relationships.

    Who it’s for

    As a guide, this course would suit anyone who works in the archives and records sector and is thinking about freelancing, or who will have been freelancing for less than a year by March 2020.

    Why attend

    • Invest just one day to fast-track your business development and gain long-lasting benefits

    • Discover proven and best practice approaches, practical tips, tools and frameworks to help you strategically develop and grow your business

    • Gain a comprehensive understanding of what it’s like to work as a freelancer in the heritage and cultural sector

    • Dedicate time out to reflect on what you want to achieve and create a realistic action plan

    • Boost your confidence so that you can take the plunge or become a more proactive freelancer

    • Build a network of new freelance contacts working in the archives and records sector

    • Learn from two experienced and passionate trainers, both successful and award-winning freelance consultants in the heritage and cultural sector

    • Receive a very comprehensive pack of handouts, exercises and further information resources to take home.

    “This was an absolutely fantastic day: I’ve learnt so much and Marge and Christina are not only excellent facilitators, but also incredibly generous in sharing their own experiences. I highly recommend this day for anyone. Thank you.” Delegate from the course run in February 2019

    About the day

    Course content

    • What to consider before you take the plunge

    • Setting up as a freelancer and getting started

    • Basic UK legal, financial and tax matters to be aware of

    • Thinking like a business

    • Creating a distinctive proposition and setting yourself apart from others

    • Marketing yourself

    • Finding work and deciphering briefs effectively

    • Managing your finances

    • Deciding what to charge

    • Managing client relationships

    • Maintaining a work-life balance and your well-being.


    • Delegates will receive lunch, drinks and refreshments throughout the day. Dietary requirements will be catered for.

    Venue and access

    The course is held at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB:

    Accessibility information for LMA is here:

    The course will be held on the same floor as the Public Rooms. If you have any specific access requirements you would like to check in advance, please contact us and we will be happy to help.


    For participants who want or need to stay in the area overnight, we recommend the Premier Inn Hub King's Cross, Premier Inn King's Cross on York Way or Premier Inn St Pancras on Euston Road.

    Cost £160 for ARA Members, £200 for non-members. (Limited 15 places) Book Online 

    About the trainers 

    Christina and Marge co-run the Museum Freelance Network, a volunteer-run network set up to support and champion freelancers and consultants working with museums, archives, galleries, libraries and heritage sites. They run an annual conference, social meet-ups, training, e-news and social media. The Network now comprises over 800 freelancers and consultants and is an IPSE Ambassador organisation and Freelance Ambassador of the Year 2019 finalist. Marge and Christina are experienced trainers and award-winning freelancers who work in the heritage and cultural sector and have also both worked client-side commissioning freelancers, consultants and agencies.

    About Marge

    Marge Ainsley is a well-respected freelance cultural consultant delivering professional training and facilitation across the UK, with specialist expertise in marketing, audience development and evaluation. She was previously voted one of the 50 best freelancers in the UK by national marketing magazine, The Drum.

    Over the last eleven years as a freelancer, she has worked with a range of clients including Cheshire Archives, Cumbria Archives Service, Orkney Library & Archive, London Transport Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Arts Council England, BALTIC, National Museums Liverpool, Scottish Book Trust, Get it Loud in Libraries and the National Trust.

    Marge regularly speaks at seminars and conferences, including most recently at Museum Next (2019) and The National Archives/Research Libraries UK DCDC conference (2019).

    About Christina

    Christina Lister is an experienced marketing and audience development consultant, trainer and facilitator for the cultural sector. She has worked with a wide range of clients including the Science Museum Group, the Museum of London, Jane Austen's House Museum, Ensemble Dance Co, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Cambridge Museum of Technology and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL).

    Christina has worked in marketing and communications for 17 years and her work has won a range of marketing awards. She was a Runner-Up in the Freelancer of the Year Awards 2015 and speaks at conferences including the Museums Association Conference, the Museums + Heritage Show and the Visitor Studies Group Conference on marketing, audience development and freelancing topics.

    Christina is passionate about bringing freelancers together and helping them have a voice in the sector and has authored a guide for museums on Working With Freelancers. She has achieved the certified Advanced Train the Trainer award from the College of Public Speaking, has a degree in Management Studies and a CIPR Diploma in PR.

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  • Date & Time
    Mar 02 2020 at 10:00 AM - Mar 02 2020 at 04:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan