We are now open for registration!

We are very pleased to open registration. Our first virtual conferencehas been carefully designed to provide you with access to many more hoursof live and recorded content and commentary with all sessions availableto view for up to 30 days after the conference closes.

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ARA Annual Conference 2021

WE LOVE RECORDS - Sustainability, Diversity, Advocacy

One conference; three themed days; five parallel streams; 100 speakers; 20 hours of content; 30 days to catch up on demand from the comfort of your own home !

We are very pleased to open registration for the ARA Annual Conference 2021.

Our first virtual conference has been carefully designed to provide you with access to many more hours of live and recorded content and commentary with all sessions available to view for up to 30 days after the conference closes.

A Shared Virtual Experience – join with your team

The online format means that there are more ways to join the conference than ever before. A flat fee of £95 for members and £150 for non-members will give you access to the live conference sessions and to the recorded content which means that, for the first time, you can join all the parallel sessions in your own time.

A new Institutional Pass will allow up to 6 colleagues to attend together and allows you to extend the invitation to members of your team who would not ordinarily be able to attend.

We hope that our virtual conference will allow many more members, non-members and colleagues from overseas to join us and we look forward to extending a warm welcome to First Time Attendees.

Continuing the Conversation – revisiting key themes

When we last met, for our 2019, conference we agreed to examine our profession and our beliefs.  Who are 'we' and why should we 'love records'?  This year, through our key themes of Sustainability, Diversity and Advocacy, we will explore those questions and look at how record-keepers and records can make a difference in turbulent times:

  • Sustainability (Wednesday September 1st)

If we can advocate about our diverse records, then what do we do to sustain them in the future? Whether it’s the energy consumption of data centres, the impact of appraisal in deciding what we keep, the need to develop passive archive storage, or the materials used for conservation, environmental impact is increasingly something that recordkeepers should consider.

  • Diversity (Thursday September 2nd)

How do we increase diversity and representation in the records and what role do recordkeepers play in this process? How can we represent if we are not representative?

  • Advocacy (Friday September 3rd)

We may know the value of records, but how do we go about spreading the message to others? How do we convince depositors and potential depositors that we are trustworthy custodians of community memory and how do we ensure that we are? How to we make the case for the necessary investment in staff, IT and projects? Why are archives critical to society and why is proper records management important to businesses and organisations?

Details of the full programme here.

Meeting and Networking Online – schedule one-to-one meetings

Whilst meeting online will not allow us to enjoy many of the more social aspects of conference, our chosen conference platform allows for easy online networking and meeting up. A scheduling function will allow you to make appointments with other members and catch-up with colleagues and friends online.

Intuitive and Easy-to-Navigate – focus on content

We know that your time is at a premium and that setting aside time to join conference is as difficult online as it is in person. We have chosen a virtual platform that is intuitive and easy-to-navigate and allows you to focus on content. Full technical and user support – delivered by real people – will mean that you get online quickly and help and support is on hand and on demand throughout.

Register Today – stay up-to-date

Go to https://conference.archives.org.uk/conference-registration/ to register to attend. We will post speaker and programme updates here and share news of bursaries when they become available.

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