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Here you can access press releases issued by the Archives & Records Association and see where the organisation has appeared in the media.

You can also track latest news from the archives and record keeping sector.

For media queries please contact John Chambers, ARA Chief Executive, or telephone 07918 758015 

Vote now! 5 candidates for 3 places on ARA Board

Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:02

ARA members will have received formal notice of this year’s AGM which will be held at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ on 9th May 2018 at 2.00pm.

This year there are three places on the Board open for election and we have five candidates. Vote Now!

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ARA Conference: Early-bird Registration Now Open

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:43

Attend the sector’s best-value and innovative conference. After a record attendance in 2017, this year we are in Glasgow, focusing on the people who make, use and conserve records of all shapes and sizes. Registation is now open for bookings go to

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New Code of Ethics is available for consultation

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:42

The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre at the University of Leeds has completed its review of the ARA’s Code of Ethics.

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ARA Excellence Awards – Now Accepting Nominations

Monday, 29 January 2018 11:50

The awards are aimed at celebrating success and to encourage participation by wider, external audiences. Any publicity generated will raise awareness and advocacy for the three professional sectors.

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Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:51

Call for Nominations to Serve on the Board - 

Would you like to help shape the strategic vision for the record keeping sector in the UK and Ireland? - 

Would you like to help develop the ARA’s role and policy direction?- See below on how to apply.

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‘New Professional of the Year’ Award Winner is....

Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:26

The ARA announces the winner of its inaugural ‘New Professional of the Year’ Award, James Elder, Archives Manager at BT Plc.  Awarded for ‘outstanding contribution’ to the recordkeeping sector, established members of the recordkeeping profession nominated six candidates in total. 

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Call for Papers for the 2018 ARA Conference

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:11

The Archives and Records Association will hold its 2018 Conference in Glasgow between 29 and 31 August 2018. We invite proposals for the Conference. Contributions are welcomed from across the UK and Ireland, and from colleagues in the global recordkeeping community. For further details click on the round button below.

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Elizabeth Denham - Keynote speech

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:40

In her view, recordkeepers ‘have set the standard in Freedom of Information (FOI) access rights and it was natural to move from being an archivist to being a privacy activist’.

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Dr Alan Billings Keynote – ARA Conference

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:23

The common thread of Dr Billings’s compelling talk was ‘trust’ and how – in times where trust is tested to breaking point in our communities, the integrity of ‘the documentary record’ and those who manage it becomes crucial.

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Dr Neil Brodie Keynote - ARA Conference

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:38

Dr Brodie addressed a theme that has particular resonance in the archaeology world but which has a direct relevance to both conservators and archivists: the provenance of material that the sector acquires and the ethical, moral, reputation and legal questions that this creates.

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ARA Welcomes Northants Decision

Friday, 11 August 2017 12:51

The ARA has welcomed the decision – announced earlier this week – by Northamptonshire County Council to suspend drastic changes to public access hours at Northamptonshire Archives. The changes were announced in July and resulted in a wave of local opposition from a wide range of groups.

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