ARA statement on impact of coronavirus outbreak

Following advice issued by the governments of the UK and the Republic ofIreland on steps to be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 the ARA hastaken the decision to suspend all ARA events until the end of May 2020.All face-to-face activity including training events, meetings and our annualAGM have been cancelled. 

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The Archives and Records Association is the leading professional body for archivists, records managers and archive conservators representing over 2,400 members across the UK and Ireland.

Following advice issued by the governments of the UK and the Republic of Ireland on steps to be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 the ARA has taken the decision to suspend all ARA events until the end of May 2020. All face-to-face activity including training events, meetings and our annual AGM have been cancelled.

The health and safety of our members is paramount and our activities have been suspended due to our concern for their wellbeing.

Many of our members work in public services which at present remain open. They are understandably concerned at the risks posed to the health of both service providers and the general public.

The ARA recommends that all archive services should suspend their public-facing services and facilitate working from home for staff where possible.

A huge variety of professional tasks can be carried out while working from home and the Association of Canadian Archivists has provided a very useful list of possible projects at: https://archivists.ca/Latest-News-Announcements/8834686

In these difficult times we hope that the health of wellbeing of our members is prioritised by their employers across the UK and Ireland.

Karl Magee
Chair
Archives and Records Association

Message sent to all members of the Archives and Records Association, Tuesday 17 March 2020:

In the light of the coronavirus outbreak, and following discussion and observation of government advice in the UK and Ireland, the ARA has taken the decision to suspend all ARA events until the end of May 2020.

The ARA AGM scheduled to take place in Dublin on 6 May has been cancelled. Alternative arrangements for the 2020 AGM will be circulated at the end of April following the next (telephone) meeting of the ARA Board.

The position will be reviewed as new advice is received. All those currently booked on training events taking place in March, April and May will receive a refund. New dates for planned events will be advertised as soon as they become available.

Members who have pre-booked travel for events are advised to seek refunds from the transport provider. If a refund is not possible ARA will cover these costs.

Please note that at present plans for our annual conference, which takes place in Chester in September, continue as normal.

The health and safety of our members is paramount as always, and we express our best wishes to all members at this time.

A special edition of #ArchivesHour will be held on twitter from 8pm to 9pm on Thursday 19 March to provide an opportunity for members and the wider record-keeping community to discuss issues related to the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on archive services. Further details will be circulated over the next few days.

Karl Magee
Chair
Archives and Records Association