Events

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


  • Virtual Training Programme – The Use of Gels in Conservation

    ARA’s Section for Preservation and Conservation are excited to announce the second event in our virtual training programme and our first online practical training on the use of gels in conservation.

    With continued restrictions on in-person events, we have created a hybrid format to deliver practical training to you in your studio. We have three speakers who will each deliver an online weekly talk on a different aspect of the use of gels in conservation, with video demonstrations of the practical elements. Delegates will receive a materials starter pack enabling them to try out the methods in their own studio alongside the series. Finally, we will finish with a Q&A session for everyone to come together to discuss the topics. 

    The series will run every Thursday in May at 2pm. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom and will last approximately 1 hour. Recordings will be available for any delegates unable to attend a session.


    Thursday 6th May 2021, 2pm

    A Workshop on pressure sensitive tape removal using Agar gels

    Rowena Doughty ACR, Conservation Officer, Gwynedd Archive Service

    Gels have been widely used in a cross section of conservation practices for their different properties. This workshop will look at the properties of agar gels and how we can use this to minimise the risks of removing pressure sensitive tape from archival material. Firstly, we will look at the different types of agar, how to make up the solution, look at examples and lastly a quick look at pH Testing. 

    Rowena graduated with a BA in Art from the University of Reading and an MA in Heritage Management from Bangor University before training as an Archive Materials Conservator at Gwynedd Archive Service’s Conservation Unit for 4 years. She completed the ARA Certificate in Archive Conservation in 2011 and in 2018 became an accredited member of ICON. 


    Thursday 13th May 2021, 2pm

    Gel options: a practical session intended to generate discussion and debate

    Victoria Stevens ACR, Director-conservator Library & Archive Conservation & Preservation Ltd.

    This workshop will show participants the various options for rigid gel preparation and application for poulticing and cleaning, and will include Gellan Gum and Xanthan gel. The materials will be introduced before looking at the different applications under comparative test conditions, including a control of blotter washing, local resizing and the use of gels as a carrier for other solvents, as well as the question of pH and residues.

    Victoria is a library and archive conservator accredited by ICON. She has worked in written heritage conservation for over 20 years, mainly in the central library and college collections of the University of Oxford but also in museum, educational and religious libraries and archives. She manages her own UK-wide conservation practice and preservation consultancy from her lovely studio in Reading, UK.


    Thursday 20th May 2021, 2pm

    Getting sticky with ‘cold gelatine’

    Zoë Reid A-ICRI, Senior Conservator, National Archives of Ireland

    Ever tried using gelatine as a cold adhesive? What to give it a try? Join us to learn about using gelatine as a cold paste rather than a warm liquid. We will start with a guide to make the gelatine solution and then transform it from a solid gel into a granular paste. We will consider application methods and tips for storage before concluding with a look at the benefits of using this adhesive on archival documents.

    Zoë Reid is the senior conservator in Ireland's National Archives, where she has worked since 2002 and specialises in the conservation of historic documents. Zoë became an accredited conservator through the Institute of Conservators-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI) in 2000 and over the past 25 years has been a course provider in collection care and disaster management, and collections recovery. 


    Thursday 27th May 2021, 2pm

    Interactive Q&A session with all speakers and delegates

    We will round up the series with this interactive session where there will be the opportunity to discuss the topics covered in the talks, ask any questions and share experiences together, having all had a chance to carry out the practical element.


    Fees and Booking


    • ARA Members - £40.00 
    • Non-ARA Members - £50.00

    Booking is for all four sessions and a materials starter pack, which will be sent out prior to the start of the series. Please note we are only able to post to UK and Ireland addresses. This pack will contain the recipes and dry materials required to make the gels, to be complemented with common materials in your studio.  

    Booking can be made via the ARA website Book Online today.

  • Category
    Training
  • Date & Time
    May 06 2021 at 02:00 PM - May 06 2021 at 03:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    Zoom
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan