The ARA Conference

This annual event brings together the influential players of the recordkeepingsector. High profile speakers discuss latest developments and delegatescan network with fellow members of the community.

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Annual Conference: 1st to 3rd September 2021



The ARA conference has a new website. Please click here.

We are NOW open for registration.

20 bursaries now available for #ARA2021 - Deadline for applications is Friday 25th June

By moving the ARA Annual Conference 2021 online we hope that more colleagues will be able to join us, many for the first time. As we strive to make conference attendance as inclusive and diverse as possible, we are pleased to announce the following bursaries to fund attendees who would otherwise be unable to join. 

ARA Bursaries (eight available)

To apply you must be an individual member of the ARA who has been a member for at least one year and who is, at the application closing date, a student member, a full member, an overseas member or is registered on the conservation certificate course.

New Professionals Bursaries (four available)

To apply you must be a member of the ARA Section for New Professionals and must not have attended an ARA conference previously or have received an ARA bursary of any kind.

Ancestry Bursaries for Institutions (four available) Kindly sponsored by Ancestry

To apply you must be a representative of a local authority record office in the UK or Ireland. This bursary is open to members and non-members. The bursary is for an Institutional Pass which allows up to six team members to attend and must include one of the following: an archive manager, a principal archivist or a collection manager who have either never attended the conference before or have not attended the conference in the last three years.

ARA Diversity Bursaries (four available)

Open to members and non-members of ethnic minority background.

Speakers at the conference are eligible to apply for any bursary if they meet the relevant criteria.

Applications for bursaries close on Friday 25th June 2021 and the application form can be found here.

Don’t qualify for a bursary? Don’t worry.  We have created a number of great value packages – including Institutional Passes – to make registration and attendance as affordable as possible.  

Click here to register to attend and start planning your virtual ARA Annual Conference 2021 from the comfort of your own home!