Final keynote speaker announced

The ARA Conference committee is delighted to announce the final keynotespeaker for #ARA2019 – the Queens Hotel in Leeds. Dr Alexandra Eveleighwill open Conference on the first morning, Wednesday 28 August 2019.

The 2019 ARA Conference – 28-30 August - Leeds

Final keynote speaker announced – Dr Alexandra Eveleigh, Wellcome Trust

Focus: our careers, our challenges, change and how we should adapt

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26 June 2019

The ARA Conference committee is delighted to announce the final keynote speaker for #ARA2019 – the Queens Hotel in Leeds. Dr Alexandra Eveleigh will open Conference on the first morning, Wednesday 28 August 2019.

Dr Eveleigh is Collections Information Manager at the Wellcome Collection and Special Collections Manager at the Wellcome Trust, one of the most significant supporters of archives sector development in the UK. In this role, she encounters professionals in the widest range of roles in the sector and nationally.

Engaging and learning from mid-career colleagues

The Conference committee is delighted that Dr Eveleigh has agreed to share her insights into the evolution of careers in the archives and records space, the challenges we will face and how we should meet them. This reflects the committee’s drive to give a platform at Conference to practising professionals and colleagues – ideally in mid-career - in shaping open, honest debate about the future of the recordkeeping sector, with a focus on challenges and managing change.

Dr Alexandra Eveleigh  Wellcome Trust

Dr Alexandra Eveleigh, The Wellcome Collection and Wellcome Trust

Keynote focus

Having worn the shoes of many Conference delegates, Dr Eveleigh’s address will provoke and stimulate debate among attending delegates (and further afield on social media). There will be ample time for questions and debate, which will help inform the ARA’s approach to careers and build on the Glasgow Manifesto, our action plan from the 2018 Conference.

Yorkshire links

Dr Eveleigh has worked in a wide range of archives and records roles, including the universities’ sector, research (PhD from University College, London), and now the voluntary sector. Appropriately, she also spent over a decade working in the UK public sector, including 11 years early in her career at the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS), which covers our 2019 Conference venue (Leeds). 2019 also marks the twentieth anniversary that Dr Eveleigh started work at WYAS.

Our careers

The 28 August daily theme is how ‘our careers’ will be shaped and how we can anticipate and adapt to new demands, new approaches and resource and other challenges, while maintaining standards, ethics and integrity. Following Dr Eveleigh’s keynote, that day’s Conference sessions will include lone working, digital recordkeeping, crisis management, traditional and future skills, pay, hybrid working, international and cross-sector careers, and much more.


Visit for full details of – and updates on - this year’s programme, venue, how to register to attend all three days or just one or two, and much more. Follow us, too, on Twitter - #ARA2019 and @ARAConf – and on Instagram @araconference!

Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements, including on the winners of this year’s bursaries and the world’s only reputed example of elephant armour (see below, the location of our Conference reception this year!)

Elephant armour  Royal Armouries

It is only two months until Conference, so be sure to sign up now!

Mike Anson
Chair, ARA Conference committee